TEMPESTUOUS LOVES! LUSTY ADVENTURES! VIOLENT HATES!
In Tulsa, Oklahoma in the 1920s, ranchers and oil prospectors are rivals over land; after an accident that kills her father, Cherokee Lansing (Susan Hayward) goes into the oil business, determined to succeed. A film that begins with a tribute to everything that oil has provided, but this soapy drama focuses on much of what’s negative – pollution and greed. It also emphasizes the value of land and heritage, and offers a complex love affair between Hayward and a geologist (Robert Preston). Grand spectacle at times, with Oscar-nominated special effects in a climactic, fiery scene.
1949-U.S. 90 min. Color. Directed by Stuart Heisler. Cast: Susan Hayward (Cherokee Lansing), Robert Preston (Brad Brady), Pedro Armendáriz (Jim Redbird), Lloyd Gough, Ed Begley, Jimmy Conlin. Narrated by Chill Wills.