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Born in Freedom: The Story of Colonel Drake (1954)

Short | 30 min | Drama, Short

In 1857 Edwin L. Drake is sent to investigate an oil seep in a creek near Titusville, Pennsylvania. After conferring with Dr. Brewer (the land owner) and Joel D. Angier (who devised a method of collecting oil using baffles), Drake reports ...See moreIn 1857 Edwin L. Drake is sent to investigate an oil seep in a creek near Titusville, Pennsylvania. After conferring with Dr. Brewer (the land owner) and Joel D. Angier (who devised a method of collecting oil using baffles), Drake reports back to James M. Townsend (Pennsylvania Rock Oil Company, New Haven, Conn.) that it should be feasible to increase the yield beyond the 3 to 6 gallons a day Angier has obtained. Put in charge, and addressed by the courtesy title of "Colonel" by the company, Drake first tries to dig down to the source of the oil and is heckled for his efforts. Water entry causes failure, as it does to Drake's first attempts to drill to the oil with Billy Smith ("Uncle Billy"), an experienced salt driller. Overcoming many other obstacles, Drake's innovation to shield the well from water entry by using a drive pipe finally allows drilling to proceed until striking oil in August, 1859. His perseverance yields many barrels of oil a day, and immediately brings about the start of the oil industry. Written by Brian Greenhalgh See less
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Vincent Price
Colonel Edwin L. Drake Colonel Edwin L. Drake   See fewer
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Andy Clyde
Uncle Billy Smith Uncle Billy Smith   See fewer
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Alan Hale Jr.
Crew Foreman Crew Foreman   See fewer
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Thurston Hall
James M. Townsend James M. Townsend   See fewer
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Lloyd Corrigan
Doctor Brewer Doctor Brewer   See fewer
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Will Wright
Joel D. Angier Joel D. Angier   See fewer
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Keith Richards
George Henry Bissell George Henry Bissell   See fewer
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Al Bridge
Hotel Desk Clerk Hotel Desk Clerk   See fewer
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William Haade
Salt Driller Salt Driller   See fewer
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Jack Ingram
Man on Horseback Man on Horseback   See fewer
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Frank Hagney
Farmer Farmer   See fewer
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6.9 / 10 | 23 votes