Smashing Barriers

(Vitagraph Company of America, 1919)

When sawmill owner Helen Cole is kidnapped by bandits, it falls on lumberjack Dan Stevens to rescue her, but “Wirenail” Hedges is not willing to give up without a fight.

Originally a fifteen episode serial, all that is known to survive of Smashing Barriers today is this single reel abridgment created for the home movie market in 1932.


Starring William Duncan and Edith Johnson
Directed by William Duncan




Image quality:



1080p HD


11 minutes


Additional content

  • An original, scene-specific piano score compiled from period appropriate photoplay music.



  • Stream online or download MP4





Also availabile

This film is also available as part of the following video collections and DVDs: