President Harry Truman invites Saud, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, to a luncheon at the White House
Meeting with James Byrnes, who served as US Secretary of State from 1945 to 1947
New York City
Around Princeton, New Jersey
Departing flight at LaGuardia Airport
Arrival in Kansas City
Touring the Texaco facility in Port Arthur
Texas A&M University President Gibb Gilchrist leads Prince Saud and his party on a tour of the university’s agricultural and livestock facilities
Las Vegas, Nevada
Los Angeles, California
On set in Hollywood
San Francisco, California
Back in Washington to meet with President Truman in the Oval Office
Shaking hands with General George Marshall, who served as US Army Chief of Staff, US Special Envoy to China, President of the American Red Cross, and US Secretary of Defense. At the time, he had just assumed office as US Secretary of State.
Most likely produced for the Arabian American Oil Company, or Aramco, this 1940s industrial film follows Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, as he conducts an official visit to the United States. Made for a Saudi audience, the film’s credits and voice-over narration are in Arabic. Following diplomatic stops in Washington, DC, and New York City, the Crown Prince makes his way to Texas for a tour of Texaco’s facilities in Port Arthur. Texaco and Aramco were equal stake holders in a Saudi oil concession. From Houston, Prince Saud and his party continue their journey, visiting Phoenix, Arizona; Las Vegas, Nevada; Los Angeles, California; San Francisco, California; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan Robert Yarnall Richie, who produced and directed this film, was a freelance industrial photographer and filmmaker who worked with various large corporations in Texas and around the globe.