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Title:Devil's Cigarette Lighter [Composite]
Identifier:e_bb_5016
Related:e_bb_5014
e_bb_5015
e_bb_5023
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]. Composite version of sound and picture from related files, with color inverted.
Country:Africa
State:Algeria
City:Gassi Touil
Date:circa 1965
CreatorBailey, Bob
Location:77/1.1
Source:Bailey (Bob) Studios Photographic Archive
Contributor:Adair, Red (narrator)
Boone & Cummings Advertising Agency
Red Adair, Co., Inc.
Cameron Iron Works, Inc.
Tolar, Charlie (worker)
Language:en
PublisherDolph Briscoe Center for American History
Rights:© Red Adair Co./Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
Original Format:color negatives; sound tracks, 16mm