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Tulsa (1949)

aka Tulsa

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Written By:  Writer details not available
Details: 90 mins · English


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Small Brad Brady
Small Jim Redbird
No_movie_poster Homer Triplette
Small Nelse Lansing
Small Cherokee Lansing
No_movie_poster Bruce Tanner
Small John J. 'Johnny' Brady
Small Pinky Jimpson
Small Candy Williams


No_movie_poster Stuart Heisler Director
No_movie_poster Walter Wanger Production
No_movie_poster Richard Wormser Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Terry O. Morse Editing


The plot revolved around the Tulsa, Oklahoma oil boom of the 1920s and detailed how obsession with accumulating wealth and power can tend to corrupt moral character. The story begins with the death of rancher Nelse Lansing, who is killed by an oil well blowout while visiting a well operated by Tanner Petroleum to report that pollution from the oil production has killed some of his cattle. The plot thickens as Lansing's daughter, Cherokee, acquires drilling rights and meets Brad Brady, a geologist who wants the oil drillers to limit their drilling in order to minimize oil field depletion and to preserve the area's grasslands.

A fire in a derrick tailing pool started by Jim Redbird, a Cherokee who had been made a rich owner of oil land through crooked dealings of oilmen, and who later renounces his holdings, results in an extravagant fire scene for which the movie got its Oscar nomination. In its aftermath, in recognition of the destruction caused by improper oil drilling, and how money and power can corrupt even those who love the land, the oil drillers and the geologist learn to work together.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1949-04-13 : Tulsa

Theatrical : 1949-05-26 : United States of America

Theatrical : 1949-09-16 : Finland

Theatrical : 1949-10-17 : Sweden

Theatrical : 1949-12-15 : Australia

Theatrical : 1950-06-23 : France

Theatrical : 1950-07-14 : West Germany

Theatrical : 1951-07-11 : Japan

Theatrical : 1952-03-24 : Denmark

Theatrical : 1953-11-17 : Spain

Theatrical : 1950-01-12 : Portugal

Theatrical : 1950-05-12 : Austria