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Devil’s Cigarette Lighter, interneg. [color negative], color, no sound, negative
Identifier: e_bb_5014
Title: Devil’s Cigarette Lighter, interneg. [color negative], color, no sound, negative
Description: Produced film documenting Paul "Red" Adair and company’s infamous 1961-’62 fight with an gas well fire in the French Saharan desert-specifically, the Gassi Touil natural gas field in Algeria. Contains footage of the event with narration by Adair, giving an in-depth account of the processes and equipment used to stop the fire and contain the flow of gas. Diagrams of the replacement wellhead and blowout preventer (manufactured by Cameron Iron Works, Inc.) are also shown, with Adair detailing their functions. Adair points out appearances by crew members Asger "Boots" Hansen, Ed "Coots" Matthews, and former Houston Oilers fullback, Charlie Tolar, and also acknowledges John Korshe [sp?], who Adair describes as a "head man" for CEP [Compagnie D’exploration Pétrolière] and COPEFA [France-Africa Oil Company]. Color negative picture, no sound. Composite version of sound and picture from e_bb_5014 and e_bb_5015 can be found as e_bb_5016.
City: Gassi Touil
Country: Algeria
Date: circa 1965
Creator: Bob Bailey Studios
Contributor: Adair, Red; Cameron Iron Works, Inc.; Boone & Cummings Advertising Agency; Tolar, Charlie (worker)
Source: Bailey (Bob) Studios Photographic Archive
Publisher: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
Box: 77/1.1
Format: Film negative
Size: 16mm
Duration: 33 minutes, 57 seconds
Related items: e_bb_5015; e_bb_5016; e_bb_5023