Smashing Barriers

Smashing Barriers is a lost[1] 1919 15-part 1919 American film serial directed by and starring William Duncan. It was produced and distributed by the Vitagraph Company of America.

Smashing Barriers
Film Poster; chapter #8
Directed byWilliam Duncan
Produced byVitagraph Company of America
Written byC. Graham Baker
R. Cecil Smith
Based onscreen story by Albert E. Smith and Cyrus Townsend Brady
StarringWilliam Duncan
Edith Johnson
Distributed byVitagraph Company of America
Release date
  • September 1, 1919 (1919-09-01) (USA)
Running time
15 chapters
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

This serial was condensed down to a 6-reel feature and rereleased by Vitagraph in 1923 under the same title.[2]


  • William Duncan as Dan Stevens
  • Edith Johnson as Helen Cole
  • Walter Rodgers as Slicker Williams
  • George Stanley as John Stevens
  • Fred Darnton as Benjamin Cole
  • Slim Cole as Long Tom Brown
  • William McCall as Henry Marlin
  • Joe Ryan as Wirenail Hedges
  • Vincente Howard
  • Dorothea Wolbert


  1. The Test of Courage
  2. The Plunge of Death
  3. The Tree Hut of Torture
  4. The Deed of a Devil
  5. The Living Grave
  6. Downward to Doom
  7. The Fatal Plight
  8. The Murder Car
  9. The Dynamite Tree
  10. Overpowered
  11. The Den of Deviltry
  12. Explosive Bullets
  13. The Deadfall
  14. Trapped Like Rats
  15. The Human Chain (alternate title: "The Final Barrier")

Preservation status

  • The complete original chapter serial is lost. An incomplete abridgement of the 1923 feature version survives with a private collector.[3]


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