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Boom Town (1940)

Passed  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Romance  |  30 August 1940 (USA)
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Two buddies who rise from fly-by-night wildcatters to oil tycoons over a twenty year period both love the same woman.

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Buddies Big John McMasters and Square John Sand are fast-talking, wisecracking wildcatters who manage to con enough equipment and capital to develop their own oil fields, but their friendship is put to the test when Big John inadvertently falls in love with Elizabeth, Square John's longtime girlfriend. Eventually their friendship and partnership comes to an end on the flip of a coin. Years later, when Big John's interest in the beautiful Karen Vanmeer threatens his marriage too, Square John intervenes in an effort to save the marriage of his former friend - even if it means ruining him financially. Written by G. Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Where Men Are Rough And Tough . . . And Like Their Women The Same Way ! See more »


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30 August 1940 (USA)  »

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Boom Town!  »

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$1,614,000 (estimated)
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This was the last of three films (after San Francisco (1936) and Test Pilot (1938)) that Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy did together. After this film, Tracy insisted on a clause in his MGM contract that he would receive equal billing with Gable in all future films. While the two remained lifelong friends, they were never again paired together in a movie because MGM wasn't sure how to handle the equal billing. See more »

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Hiring boss: [about Big John] Why don't you let me bust him, boss?
Jonathan Sand: [restaining him] I'd rather have you keep your health.
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After You've Gone
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Music by Turner Layton
Lyrics by Henry Creamer
Played in the dance hall and sung by Marion Martin
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Four big stars in one film
3 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was the biggest film of the year for MGM in 1940. They used four of their biggest stars, any one of whom could have starred in their own films.

Clark Gable already had an Oscar for It Happened One Night, another nomination for Mutiny on the Bounty, and was nominated in the 1940 Academy Awards for Gone with the Wind.

Spencer Tracy, a nine-time Oscar nominee, already had a nomination for San Francisco, a win for Captains Courageous, and a win the previous year for Boy's Town.

Three-time Oscar nominee Claudette Colbert already had a win for It happened One Night, which she did with Gable, and a nomination for Private Worlds.

Frank Morgan had gotten one of his two nominations for The Affairs of Cellini.

And, our Star of the Month, Hedy Lamarr, was just beginning her career.

This was a raucous film with all the excitement that you would expect in one about wildcatters in the oil business and featured barroom fights, streets of mud, and stories ripped from the headlines. It was an amazing love story about two men in love with the same woman. It was pure entertainment.


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