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- kevin sellers
Not the paean to big oil that you would expect from the title or the hokey opening narration by Chill Wills, (playing an annoying combo of Will Rogers and Hoagy Carmichael). It's actually a somewhat interesting if too naive exploration of the possibility of drilling that is both profitable and environmentally sensible. I guess you could entertain such fantasies in 1949! Unfortunately, this worthwhile message is drowned out by a rather stiff screenplay by the usually fine Frank Nugent, among others, and acting that is similarly stilted, especially from the three leads and most especially from Pedro Armendariz, who is saddled with the thankless role of the Noble Native American who still manages to lose the girl. I will say, however, that location shooting in what sure looks like verdant Oklahoma range land is a plus, and that final scene, showing an oil field going up in flames with nary a Jim Adair in sight, is a real doozy. Basically Dick Cheney's worst nightmare. Give it a B minus.
Star Power That's Good to the Last Drop...
...of oil. How small, under-funded Eagle-Lion came up with "Tulsa" puzzles if one over-looks the reputation of Walter Wanger, a distinguished producer of high-grade pictures for various studios until he went independent. Probably he pumped a lot of his own money into this bustling saga, which interesting avoids being a glorification of oil wildcatters of the early 1920s -- instead mixing the epic elements with an undercurrent of the need for conservation and land management; it even touches in passing on race. But what "Tulsa" does glorify, and is in turn glorified by, is Susan Hayward. This great big star dominates every scene she's in, with great support by Robert Preston and others. "Tulsa" is easy to find as it is in the public domain; an orphan of the long defunct Eagle-Lion. The prints I've seen aren't pristine but aren't bad. It's as good as anything made by one of the majors at the time, so its too bad it lost money upon initial release.
Starring Susan Hayward
Susan Hayward was a great sexy beauty who could act and won every major acting award in her illustrious carrer.This is a great film set in the oli fields and Ms. Hayward dominates the film. Great Tough Lady
Eu adoro filme de aventura e este filme junta western , ao e romance muito bem. Robert Preston e Susan Hayward esto magnificos. Eu adoraria ver o filme no TCM. Ele um dos melhores do gnero.
Excellent oilfield drama
This film holds up well today thanks in no small part to the excellent performances by Hayward and Preston. While the plot, which unfolds in early 20th century Oklahoma oil fields, is fairly predictable, it moves along at a rapid pace. Don't miss the sensational climax scene. Recommended.
Susan Hayward plays a powerful lady that knows what she wants and how to get it. Love the story. Glad to see it is on DVD now!