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Boom Town (1940)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 30 August 1940 (USA)
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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Luther Aldrich
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Harry Compton
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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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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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

Luther Aldrich: Now don't fly off halfcocked.
Big John McMasters: I'll fly a kite down your windpipe!
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Referenced in The Tony Hancock Special (1972) See more »

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After You've Gone
(1918) (uncredited)
Music by Turner Layton
Lyrics by Henry Creamer
Played in the dance hall and sung by Marion Martin
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strong males
26 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What jumps out for me after my first viewing is the extraordinary confidence on display in the two male stars. The women are also strong, but the story belongs to Tracy/Gable and their identical code of honor. Few US films achieve this level of natural aristocracy. If they do, it's often one character who possesses the requisite courage and honor, and it brings out the Iago-esquire in others. This is an unusual document in which love and honor rule, and the matter of winning/losing in terms of material goods is viewed with the hauteur of a view of life that has pretty much been eclipsed. As for the writing, it's not bad - the characters could have been more fully rounded, but there's enough substance to make for a credible world in which these guys make their way. Tracy and Gable brought this quality of strength to a lot of their films, but having both present, without sacrificing part of either, is quite special.


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