Stanley Kramer’s Oklahoma Crude is a difficult film to categorize.
Possibly a dramedy, but not precisely.
It occurs in 1913, the year of the filmmaker’s birth, and concerns a young woman set on success toward her own oil rig. But big business arrives, and it isn’t a good situation.
We have several superb performances, George C. Scott, doing roguish comedy, Faye Dunaway as the driller, John Mills as her unwanted dad, and Jack Palance, as the bad dude.
Mr. Kramer was known for sending messages in his tales. This isn’t one of those.
It’s a film that, at least to me, plays better now that it did in 1973, especially with its strong heroine, and her sexual concepts.
It also seems to be the closest to crowd favorite, Mad World, for any number of reasons.
The score by Henry Mancini plays toward comedy, but that’s not what’s going on here.
Best to take a look, and find out for yourselves.
As to quality, it’s from Columbia.
Image – 5
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass