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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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Spanish Eva
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Boom Town!  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,614,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$9,172,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Rita Hayworth did a screen test for the role of Karen Vanmeer. See more »

Goofs

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: This is an old-time barroom fight. The man who hits first wins, and that's me.
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Soundtracks

Polly Wolly Doodle
(uncredited)
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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A great movie

I love this movie! It's such a touching movie about romance, friendship, and oil...is that touching? Anyway, if I were Claudette Colbert, I would have a hard time deciding between Clark Gable (handsome and rugged) and Spencer Tracy (sweet, caring, and devoted). If you've never seen "Boom Town", you really have to! It's great.


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