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Tulsa was, in 1949, the most elaborate production released to date by the Eagle-Lion corporation-though all evidence, especially the technical credits, suggests that the film was put together at Universal-International, then merely distriibuted by Eagle-Lion (who made a fortune at the box office). The film traces the matriculation of the sleepy Oklahoma village of Tulsa into a major oil center Susan Hayward stars as an amibitious cattleman's daughter who wishes to wreak vengeance on the encroaching oil interests but who becomes a "black gold" mogul herself. Robert Preston costars as a geologist who hopes to rescue his beloved Oklahoma from being utterly devastated by drilling and derricks. This being a late-1940s film, Greed runs a poor second to Good at film's end, with the oilmen and the conservations learning to work together rather than as bitter enemies. While the story is a good one, the true selling angle of Tulsa was its action sequences, notably a fire scene that must have cost as much as all the other Eagle-Lion releases of 1949 combined. Originally lensed in vibrant Techicolor, Tulsa is usually seen today in washed-out, two-color Public Domain prints.

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Susan Hayward
as Cherokee Lansing
Robert Preston
as Brad Brady
Pedro Armendáriz
as Jim Redbird
Chill Wills
as Pinky Jimpson
Harry Shannon
as Nelse Lansing
Ed Begley Sr.
as Johnny Brady
Lloyd Gough
as Bruce Tanner
Chief Yowlachie
as Charlie Lightfoot
Lane Chandler
as Mr. Kelly
Tom Dugan
as Taxi Driver
Lola Albright
as Candy Williams
Iron Eyes Cody
as The Osage Indian
Larry Keating
as Governor
Joseph Crehan
as Judge McKay
Nolan Leary
as Man with Newspaper
Fred Graham
as Oil Worker
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Audience Reviews for Tulsa

  • Jan 27, 2008
    It seems a bit ironic watching this movie today. We should have heeded Cherokee's ultimte lesson and been more concerned with conservation and less with outrageous profits. A good film overall.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2007
    Melodramatic and, at times, downright sappy. Here's a film that is so pro-Tulsa and so pro-oil industry you'd think it was produced by the Oklahoma department of tourism. But, in spite of its over-acting and sugarcoated revision of Oklahoma's history, it still has a certain charm. Susan Hayward's enormous talent keeps this one from sinking into the abyss of obscurity.
    Kevin S Super Reviewer

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