American Frontier (1953)

| Short | 1953 (USA)
A school teacher/wheat farmer is solicited by several oil companies for the rights to drill on his family's farm. After accepting an offer he realizes that North Dakota is again a new frontier in America.

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Willard Van Dyke

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Thomas Chalmers Thomas Chalmers ... Narrator (voice)
Archie Smith Archie Smith ... Narrator (voice) (as Archibald Smith)
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The Williston Basin is 10,000 square miles of prairie. For awhile, it was the frontier, now it's settled, primarily by families farming wheat. Then, a few years after World War II, petroleum companies got the idea of drilling there. Within a few weeks, representatives of six companies offer to lease the mineral rights of a couple's farm: 10 cents an acre per year for ten years, plus one-eighth of any oil revenues. They sign, but it's a year before any wells are drilled - the first one goes in at a cost of $500,000. Will they hit oil and turn the area into the frontier again? Everyone has dreams of what to do with the money. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

1953 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

North Dakota, USA

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