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Release Date:
26 May 1949 (USA) See more »
It's Tulsa, Oklahoma at the start of the oil boom and Cherokee Lansing's rancher father is killed in a fight with the Tanner Oil Company... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Susan Hayward ... Cherokee Lansing

Robert Preston ... Brad Brady

Pedro Armendáriz ... Jim Redbird
Lloyd Gough ... Bruce Tanner

Chill Wills ... Pinky Jimpson (Narrator)

Ed Begley ... John J. 'Johnny' Brady (as Edward Begley)
Jimmy Conlin ... Homer Triplette
Roland Jack ... Steve, Cherokee's Ranchhand
Harry Shannon ... Nelse Lansing

Lola Albright ... Candy Williams
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Bailey ... Party Guest (uncredited)
George Barrows ... Table Player at Gambling Emporium (uncredited)

Chet Brandenburg ... Waiter (uncredited)
Charles D. Brown ... Judge McKay (uncredited)

Paul E. Burns ... Tooley (uncredited)

Lane Chandler ... Mr. Kelly (uncredited)

Iron Eyes Cody ... Osage Indian (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Chester Conklin ... Gambling Casino Patron (uncredited)

Sayre Dearing ... Dice Table Croupier (uncredited)

John Dehner ... Oilman (uncredited)
Mike Donovan ... Dice Game Spectator / Rancher at Meeting (uncredited)
Yvonne Doughty ... Girlfriend (uncredited)

Tom Dugan ... Cab Driver (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Oilman (uncredited)

Fred Graham ... Charlie, Cherokee's Foreman (uncredited)

Frank Hagney ... Doorman at Gambling Emporium (uncredited)

Creighton Hale ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Man in Courthouse Corridor (uncredited)
Thomas Browne Henry ... Mr. Winslow (uncredited)

Bill Hickman ... Bill (uncredited)
John Holland ... Reporter (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... Oilman (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Nolan Leary ... Man with Newspaper (uncredited)

Carl M. Leviness ... Gambling Casino Patron (uncredited)
Jack Low ... Assistant Mover (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Gambling Casino Patron (uncredited)

George Magrill ... Firefighter (uncredited)

Renny McEvoy ... Car Dealer (uncredited)

David McMahon ... Oil Rigger (uncredited)
George Meader ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Charles Meredith ... Ned - Governor of Oklahoma (uncredited)

Harold Miller ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Frank Mills ... Moving Man (uncredited)
Roger Moore ... Oilman (uncredited)
Eula Morgan ... Opera Singer (uncredited)

Cyril Ring ... Dice Table Croupier (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher ... Oil Rigger (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Firefighter (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Cowboy in Hotel Lobby (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Pierre Watkin ... Attorney Winters (uncredited)

Dick Wessel ... Joker (uncredited)

Billy Wilkerson ... Lazy Mouse (uncredited)

Chief Yowlachie ... Charlie Lightfoot (uncredited)

Directed by
Stuart Heisler 
Writing credits
Frank S. Nugent (screenplay) (as Frank Nugent) and
Curtis Kenyon (screenplay)

Richard Wormser (story)

Produced by
Edward Lasker .... associate producer
Walter Wanger .... producer
Original Music by
Frank Skinner 
Cinematography by
Winton C. Hoch  (as Winton Hoch)
Film Editing by
Terry O. Morse  (as Terrell Morse)
Casting by
Owen McLean (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Nathan Juran 
Set Decoration by
Armor Marlowe 
Al Orenbach 
Costume Design by
Herschel McCoy  (as Herschel)
Makeup Department
Del Armstrong .... makeup artist
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
Ern Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
James T. Vaughn .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Howard W. Koch .... assistant director
Sound Department
Howard Fogetti .... sound
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects (as John Fulton)
Fred Graham .... stunts (uncredited)
George Magrill .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Campbell .... gaffer (as Bob Campbell)
George Hommel .... still photographer
Charles Rose .... grip
Harvey Gould .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Irving Friedman .... musical director
Charles Previn .... conductor
David Tamkin .... orchestrator
Other crew
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Arnold Laven .... script supervisor
Richard Mueller .... associate technicolor color director
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
90 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-16 | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #13400) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Pedro Armendarez was a huge star in Mexico, and appeared in several John Ford/John Wayne films. His son Pedro Jr. appeared in a cameo as the priest in Kurt Russell's movie Tombstone.See more »
Anachronisms: Although the bulk of the story takes place in the early to mid-1920's, all of Susan Hayward's and Lola Albright's hairstyles and clothing, as well as those of the other female members of the cast, are strictly 1948.See more »
Jim Redbird:[to Cherry Lansing] I don't think your father would like to see you smeared with oil!See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into When Worlds Collide (1951)See more »
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Oh, give me a home where cattlemen roam and the oil wells never run dry..., 4 January 2007
Author: Roger Burke from Brisbane, Australia

Let me get down to the story immediately...

It's 1920s Oklahoma, and the oil wells are...well, gushing. A young woman, orphaned when such a rig kills her cattle baron dad, sets out to get revenge on the oil owners but, instead, eventually winds up to be an oil baron herself. In the process, Cherokee Lansing (Susan Hayward) has three men vying for her affection: Brad Brady (Robert Preston), Bruce Tanner (Lloyd Gough), and Jim Redbird (Pedro Armendariz).

It's a well-photographed narrative, the special effects (for 1949) are very realistic, the acting is adequate (Susan Hayward shines, in my opinion) and the overall result is for a quite entertaining movie coupled with a glimpse into the recent past when the oil business was booming. And, I was glad to see Chill Wills again, who always gives a competent performance and who adds the requisite humour to an otherwise deadly serious affair...

The finale, showing one of the oil fields going up in flames, is quite a spectacle.

But this is more than an adventure movie about the oil business. It's also a politically correct conservation statement by Hollywood in response to the rapacious greed with which land was appropriated to feed awakening American industry. This, in 1949 – long before anybody started to think about peak oil, and the looming crisis that will come when the oil runs dry globally! Now that took guts…and a lot of money. Which makes me wonder how well this film did at the box office in 1949/1950...

So, I was amazed – even astounded – that Hollywood dared to take on the oil business then, so soon after the Second World War. Now that the predictions in that film are coming true, I think everybody should see this film. Might wake up a few more people about the coming end of the oil world as we know it...

Highly recommended. Get a copy and see it. Today, already!

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