Struggle for oil

Canada, 1951

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The story of the development of the oil resources of the Canadian prairies and how their discovery is affecting the economy of the West. A gusher gone wild, oil crews working feverishly around the clock, oil barons conferring in plush board rooms, the Alberta pipeline, Edmonton’s neon nightlife - these are the glimpses the film shows of how oil is taking its place with agriculture, bringing a new industrial prosperity. Despite the inexhaustible appearance of Alberta’s oil wells, scientists are looking farther north, to the far sands of Athabaska where still greater deposits wait to be released.



Ronald Dick


Sydney Newman

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National Film Board of Canada






Black and White

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