• Short Summary

    Documentary looking at the history of the oil industry.

  • Description

    Reel 2.

    This reel looks at contemporary oil production. L/S of an oilfield - derricks etc. Various shots of industrial equipment accompany narration about American oil consumption. Montage of trains, trucks, cars, industry, factories, traffic jams, petrol tanks being filled etc. Narrator states that everyone has to take care how much oil they use. The rest of the world has to turn elsewhere for its oil.

    Caribbean oil production in Venezuala. Oil drills located on a lake. Various shots of cargo ships, pipes, docks etc. Aerial shot of oil refinery. The real answer to oil supply problem lies on the other side of the globe - "our modern civilisation is going to depend on the land where it first began - the Middle East."

    Shot of parched ground, dusty desert, no man's land, rocky landscape. Various shots of mountainous landscapes. Oil fields. Well being drilled. Men at work on oil drills. High angle shot showing a pipeline zig zagging its way across a vast landscape. Oil refinery of Abu Dhan (sp?) - various shots of the refinery.

    Men at work laying railway tracks. Man looks through a surveying device. Bulldozers work to clear the ground. Pipelines. Map of Middle East - places where the oil comes from are pointed out on the map. A pipeline from Saudi Arabia to the coast of Syria is being built. Various shots of the pipeline being constructed. L/S of oil tankers in harbour.

    Men on board at work. Shipbuilding industry in Britain - shots of ship being constructed. Optimistic voiceover about the amount of work there will be for British shipbuilding industry. Man looks at a blueprint. Oil refinery being built. Men push wheelbarrows past the camera. Two men climb up the outside of an oil tank.

    C/U of a London bus followed by lots of traffic. Various shots of oil rich landscapes. Oil being burnt off. Two peasants sit in the landscape "who never guessed the presence of oil nor felt its worth." Montage of Chinese workers getting supplies to their armies by manually pulling boats up a river. Lots of men with ropes around them struggle up a steep hillside pulling the heavy weight of the boats.

    "So many millions but only one earth. Each man's need is that of his neighbour. For all there is to share is the Wealth of the World." Director - Grahame Tharp. Script - Jack Howells. Editor - Maurice Harley. Sound - W.S. Bland and George Newberry. Music Composed by - Thomas Henderson. Conducted by - John Hollingsworth. Produced by Peter Baylis in association with the Film Centre.

    Note: cuts for this documentary in UN 2302 B, UN 2303 A and UN 2303 B.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1950 - 1959
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:32:32:00 / 01:39:49:00

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