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The Oil Raider (1934)

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"Wildcatter" Dave Warren and his crew are trying to bring in a new oil well. Dave gives troublemaker Simmons a good thrashing and orders him off the site. In order to complete drilling Dave... See full summary »

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Dave Warren
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Max Wagner ...
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"Wildcatter" Dave Warren and his crew are trying to bring in a new oil well. Dave gives troublemaker Simmons a good thrashing and orders him off the site. In order to complete drilling Dave borrows $50,000 from investment banker J. T. Varley and also begins a romance with Varley's daughter Alice. Varley suffers market reverses and knowing that Dave is about to strike oil hires Simmons to wreck the rig so he can foreclose and take over. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A gusher from the era of wildcatting.
22 May 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Long before the corporate structure of Ewing Oil ("Dallas") and Denver-Carrington ("Dynasty") came the wildcatters, and this is one story, an intriguing plot involving an independent oil rigger, the money man who backs him, and sabotage. Buster Crabbe is the equivalent of the later Jock Ewing, albeit a decade older, fighting to stay afloat in the era where every man was a fighter and had to be tough to stay afloat in a tough business. This especially works because it is a battle between good and bad and evil, the bad man a ruthless businessman who gets in over his head in trying to gain control, and evil being the saboteur who goes too far in his vengeance against Crabbe while in cahoots with the wealthy businessman. Two steps above the average poverty row programmer, it really is worth its weight...in crude.


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