The Barrier (1926 film)

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The Barrier
French film poster The Barrier.jpg
French film poster
Directed by George W. Hill
Written by Harvey Gates
Based onThe Barrier
by Rex Beach
Starring Lionel Barrymore
Marceline Day
Henry B. Walthall
Cinematography Max Fabian
Ira H. Morgan
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • May 21, 1926 (1926-05-21)(United States)
Running time
70 mins.
CountryUnited States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Barrier is a 1926 American silent adventure film produced and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and directed by George Hill. [1] The film stars Lionel Barrymore and Marceline Day and is based on the 1908 wilderness novel of the same name by Rex Beach. Previous versions of the novel had been filmed in 1913 and 1917 respectively. This film is the last silent version to be filmed. [2] The Barrier is a lost film. [3] [4]




The film’s “world premiere” took place at the West Coast Theatre in San Bernardino, California, on Sunday February 28, 1926, with four showings that day, seen by “thousands.” Subsequent weekday showings were presented twice each evening. A young Ginger Rogers’ vaudeville act was also featured. [5]

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