In 1857 Edwin L. Drake is sent to investigate an oil seep in a creek near Titusville, Pennsylvania. 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.
|Art||Eugène Lourié||Production Design|
|Writing||Norman Reilly Raine||Writer|
|Sound||Alexander Laszlo||Original Music Composer|
|Camera||Charles P. Boyle||Director of Photography|
|Production||Guy V. Thayer Jr.||Executive Producer|
|Production||Roland D. Reed||Producer|
|Visual Effects||Jack R. Glass||Visual Effects|