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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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Karen Vanmeer
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Luther Aldrich
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Harry Compton
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Harmony Jones
Marion Martin ...
Whitey
Minna Gombell ...
Spanish Eva
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Ed Murphy
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Tom Murphy
Roy Gordon ...
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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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GABLE and TRACY...buddies in battle! COLBERT and LAMARR...rivals in love! 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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Clark Gable was anxious to do the film because his father had been an oil rigger, and Gable himself had worked on oil rigs in Oklahoma before becoming an actor. See more »

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When Clark Gable rides the donkey at the rodeo he is holding a balloon, in the first wide shot the balloon is gone, but reappears again in the next close up. See more »

Quotes

Big John McMasters: [to Elizabeth] You sure can talk straight to a fella and ball him up at the same time.
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Referenced in Doctor Who: Boom Town (2005) See more »

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Polly Wolly Doodle
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Composer unknown
Played over the opening credits and as background
Sung and hummed at various times by Clark Gable, Chill Wills and Claudette Colbert
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Who's oil is it, anyway?
4 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Tracy and Gable play two "wildcatters" -- oil hunters -- who are always at loggerheads and both manage to gain and lose several fortunes before the film's end. Colbert is the woman they both love; Lamarr is of course the "other" woman in husband Gable's life. A lot of fun scenes (especially when the 2 bullheaded oil barons finally duke it out), good characterizations (Morgan, as always, deserves a mention, this time as the slightly petty equipment broker they both rely on), but a somewhat predictable story, though well scripted. Ultra-conservative Mahin has spiced Tracy's rousing final speech (yes, he ALWAYS gets one) with the pro-business slant so favored by himself and exec-producer Mayer, managing to make this into sort of an anti-Capra comedy.


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