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Tulsa (26-May-1949)

Director: Stuart Heisler

Writers: Frank Nugent; Curtis Kenyon; Richard Wormser

Music: Frank Skinner

Producer: Walter Wanger

Keywords: Drama

Set in 1920s Oklahoma, Cherokee Lansing's father, a cattle rancher, is accidentally killed at an oil well while protesting the death of his livestock after a spill; she takes revenge by entering the oil game herself, but becomes the very thing she was originally fighting against. Solid story, melodramatic and corny at times. Good role for Susan Hayward. Received an Oscar nomination for Best Special Effects.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Lola Albright
20-Jul-1925   Lord Love a Duck
Pedro Armendáriz
9-May-1912 18-Jun-1963 From Russia with Love
Ed Begley, Sr.
25-Mar-1901 28-Apr-1970 Juror #10 in 12 Angry Men
Lloyd Gough
21-Sep-1907 23-Jul-1984 Blacklisted character actor
Susan Hayward
30-Jun-1918 14-Mar-1975 I Want to Live!
Robert Preston
8-Jun-1918 21-Mar-1987 The Music Man
Chill Wills
18-Jul-1903 15-Dec-1978 The Alamo


Susan Hayward   ...   Cherokee Lansing
Robert Preston   ...   Brad Brady
Pedro Armendáriz   ...   Jim Redbird
Lloyd Gough   ...   Bruce Tanner
Chill Wills   ...   Pinky Jimpson
Ed Begley, Sr.   ...   Johnny Brady
Jimmy Conlin   ...   Homer
Roland Jack   ...   Steve


Review by Bill W. Neff (posted on 5-Aug-2008)

A very good presentation of some of Oklahoma's early history, especially the oil town/city of Tulsa. Robert Preston in one of his best roles, as an oil well engineer, was believable and quickly got the attention his character deserved. Chill Wills (Pinky) stood apart in the role of his character and did not present the usual "sidekick" performance of later films. Pedro Armendarez, although a good actor, stayed mostly in the background as his characters usually did until he gave a commanding performance in "The Conquerer" even shinning brightly over John Wayne's faux performance as Ghengis Khan. Susan Hayward, as usual, stole the whole picture as the tough competitor Chreokee Lansing. This little film deserves it's rightful place in Hollywood's history.

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