The Great Divide (1929 film)

The Great Divide is a 1929 American pre-Code Western film produced and distributed by First National Pictures, and starring Dorothy Mackaill. The film was released in both a silent and sound version and was directed by Reginald Barker. The Great Divide is a remake of a silent film he made at MGM in 1925. It was shot once again in 1931 as the full sound film Woman Hungry. All three films are based on the 1906 Broadway play The Great Divide by William Vaughn Moody.[1]

The Great Divide
Directed byReginald Barker
Produced byRobert North (uncredited)
Written byScenario, dialogue, intertitles:
Fred Myton
Paul Perez
Based onThe Great Divide
by William Vaughn Moody
CinematographyLee Garmes
Alvin Knechtel
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
September 15, 1929 (Vitaphone sound)
October 27, 1929 (silent)
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish (sound version)
English intertitles (silent version)

A print of the film is preserved at the Library of Congress.[2]

Parts of the film were shot in Zion National Park in Utah.[3]:286


Stephen Ghent, a mineowner, falls in love with Ruth Jordan, an arrogant girl from the East, unaware that she is the daughter of his dead partner. Ruth is vacationing in Arizona and Mexico with a fast set of friends, including her fiancé, Edgar. Manuella, a half-Spanish person hopelessly in love with Ghent, causes Ruth to return to her fiancé when she insinuates that Ghent belongs to her. Ghent follows Ruth, kidnaps her, and takes her into the wilderness to endure hardship. There she discovers that she loves Ghent, and she discards Edgar in favor of him.


See also

Home media

The film was released on DVD on April 19, 2011, through the Warner Archive Collection series.


  1. White Munden, Kenneth (1997). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States: Feature Films, 1921-1930. University of California Press. p. 311. ISBN 0-520-20969-9.
  2. The Great Divide at
  3. D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: a history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874.

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