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Arapahoe, The

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Film Identifier: F.2008-04-0179
Run Time
0h 18m 20s
Date Produced
circa 1955
A sponsored film on the building of an oil pipeline - named the Arapahoe - from Colorado to Kansas where it joins up with a larger pipeline. Shots of the digging of ditches, preparing the pipes, and laying the pipes. Made for Pure Oil Company and the Sinclair Pipeline Company, the film shows the laying of the pipeline as a technological achievement and, considering the Cold War era in which it was made, a patriotic defense in case of war with the Soviets.
00:09 title card with drawing of an Indian chief, opening credits, various long shots of pumping oil wells and oil refinery, generic narration about oil being on the move, drawn map of location of oil wells and pipelines in in Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas, LS surveyors, CU farmer meeting with representative of oil company, MS train carrying pipes, shots of pipes, digging ditches and laying fence, construction of end station of pipeline, 5:00 shots of laying and exploding of dynamite to clear path of pipe, trucks carrying pipe, connecting and lining up of pipes, LS highway and traintracks, various shots of preparing drill to dig under highway, preparing pipes for joining and welding, CU welding pipes together, 10:00 CU X-ray technician investigating pipes, repairing defective welds, MS covering pipes in layers of protective covering of asbestos, CU repairing wrapping, MS applying additional covers to pipe, Ms laying concrete over pipe to protect pipe from flash floods, various shots of creation of giant oil tanks, shots of lowering in pipes, 15:00 giant explosion, clearing site of explosion, LS laying pipe through river bed, various shots below and above obstacles, various shots filling in ditch over now layed pipe, MS crews making fence to protect pipeline, various shots of oil station, Int. MS technology inside station, MS ditch digginig machines, “The End”, out 18:06
Imperial World Films
Main Credit
Pure Oil Company (corporate name)
Sinclair Pipeline Company (corporate name)
Davis, Sylvia H. (is producer)
Davis, Russell (is director)
Additional Credits
Imperial World Films (is contributor)
Actors, Performers and Participants
Marks, Wes (is participant)
Grimaldi, Hugo (is participant)
Glenn, Glen (is participant)
Roberts, Sid (is participant)
Roberts, Sid (is narrator)
Mack, Charles (is participant)
Related Places
Colorado (production location of)
Kansas (production location of)