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      Tulsa

      Released May 26, 1949 1h 30m Action List
      Reviews 46% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Stuart Heisler's film is set during the 20s Oklahoma oil boom. Cherokee Lansing, daughter of a rancher killed by the oilmen, is determined to get her revenge by finding oil before they can. Helped by native American Jim Redbird and roustabout Brad Brady she strikes it rich, but her greed sees her and oilman Bruce Tanner become partners. Read More Read Less Watch on Prime Video Stream Now

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      Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Susan Hayward plays one of her typical tough, ambitious women in this romantic adventure, a chronicle of the emergence of Tulsa as the land of oil. Rated: C+ Jul 15, 2011 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It's at best an average American Dream story, told in a soap opera, cliché-ridden and glossy style. Rated: C Feb 14, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Ken R Tulsa – Looks Terrific What makes this crowd pleaser better than many others in its genre? First would be the dedication of controversial independent producer Walter Wanger in gathering the right people for the job – starting with the choice of Oscar-winning cinematographer Winton C.Hoch. Hoch, who worked on the development staff of the 3 color Technicolor process before becoming a technician/cameraman, also made big advances in special photographic effects. Here, his work is seen alongside nominated effects guru John Fulton - these are on full display with the outstanding explosions of multiple oil rigs sending debris scattering in spectacular fashion - some of the most spectacular to be seen on film in the late 40s. Next, a most capable cast, with good chemistry in paring hard-working Susan Hayward (playing Cherokee, the half cast daughter) and the easy to take Robert Preston (as the Geologist, Brady). Most of the support cast were also of note even in small parts. A good script by Frank Nugent (The Searchers '56) kept things moving briskly as did direction by Stuart Heisler (The Glass Key '42). Art direction was in the hands of future director, Nathan Juran. Interestingly, the conservation of cattle lands is examined alongside oil greed. Those not used to watching movies of this era may not appreciate the above-average production values, so may not fully value the outcome, others should be more than suitably entertained. The picture also includes an introductory pre-credit sequence detailing the history of the various Red Indians whose land Tulsa was originally. The public domain DVD copies leave much to be desired, so best seek out a restored copy. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/05/22 Full Review Tom M Dull, predictable drama/romance that doesn't have much of either. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/06/21 Full Review Audience Member A stirring film about a young woman's opportunity of living on oil stricken land & utilizing the situation to stand up against the other Oil Moguls. The most interesting part of the film actually was the subtle environmental aspect through the lives of the American Indians who lived off the land. Fun exiting & full of action it's what you would expect from the movies of that era. It's considered B Grade in its day but I found the Action/Drama quite interesting. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member An interesting twist on the typical western homesteaders vs. ranchers story, this time making the ranchers the wronged underdog in a ranchers vs. oil barons story. Written by Frank S. Nugent, who wrote some of John Ford's best films, wrote this sharp screenplay. The script is the best part of the film, with the story of Susan Hayward taking over her recently deceased father's ranch and then gets the oil drilling rights, becoming part of the Oklahoma oil boom of the 1920s. There are some interesting ideas around greed and conservation, but the film seemed rather cheaply made, outside of a terrific oil fire finale, although this perception may have been due to the fact that this film fell into the public domain and the print shown on TCM looked awful. It's worth watching and Hayward is great, but it's no "Giant". Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member historical pic of sorts about the growth of a sleepy village into modern day Tulsa Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review dave j Tuesday, August 21, 2012 (1949) Tulsa DRAMA A woman's father, a cattle rancher dies as a result of some accident regarding some oil wells, she seeks compensation for the cattle and so forth but goes absolutely nowhere until she comes across a different oil tycoon who while drunk coincidently signs all of his properties to her. He eventually dies but becomes motivated to discover oil once the other oil tycoon(the one whose somewhat responsible for her fathers death) pressing her to sell all the leases to him. She refuses and decides to get into the business herself and Tulsa is the place where it starts! Not a great film but an okay film whereas the female protagonist doesn't do anything about her father's death and prefers to either go into business with him or seek his advice doesn't seem realistic to me but the way it's made almost seem like it was based on a true story! 3 out of 4 Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Stuart Heisler's film is set during the 20s Oklahoma oil boom. Cherokee Lansing, daughter of a rancher killed by the oilmen, is determined to get her revenge by finding oil before they can. Helped by native American Jim Redbird and roustabout Brad Brady she strikes it rich, but her greed sees her and oilman Bruce Tanner become partners.
      Director
      Stuart Heisler
      Producer
      Walter Wanger
      Distributor
      Eagle-Lion Films Inc. [us]
      Production Co
      Walter Wanger Productions, Inc.
      Genre
      Action
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 26, 1949, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 11, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 30m
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