Fun Size Review: The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926)

Well, you can’t do better than this cast: Ronald Colman, Vilma Banky and newcomer Gary Cooper. Very, very nice.

This is the story of how water was brought to the Imperial Valley and it also concerns the romance of Vilma’s Barbara. She just can’t decide between Colman and Cooper. Poor lamb. Any time she wants to share a bit of that dilemma… Well-produced but rather bloated. The climactic flood is justly famous.

How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
After the Salton Sea is flooded by the Colorado River, Barbara decides on Colman.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: Lemon Curd Jumbo Pie Cupcakes. Very bright, very yellow, a bit overdone but generally a good thing.

Availability: Released on DVD by Warner Archive.


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  1. Shari Polikoff

    This is a favorite of mine. I saw it around the same time I read ‘On the Road,’ and both inspired me to do a lot of desert exploring on a subsequent trip to California. I was captivated by places like the Salton Sea and Salome Where She Danced.
    I agree that the Colman-Banky chemistry is marvelous. If only ‘The Dark Angel’ wasn’t a lost film!
    Now I have to track down some Lemon Curd Jumbo Pie Cupcakes – sounds delicious!

  2. amycondit

    Dear Fritzi, your review lives up to its name once again-very fun! I will look for this film on Warner Archives, and gladly watch the love triangle. I like Ronald Colman, and enjoy his radio shows, too, it will be a thrill to see early Gary Cooper as well! Can’t wait. I’m also eager to try the lemon curd jumbo pie cupcakes-I’ve bookmarked the recipe & will grab the ingredients on my next trip to Von’s! Thanks for the cheery post about a film that was unknown to me.

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