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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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Karen Vanmeer
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Luther Aldrich
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Harry Compton
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Harmony Jones
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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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This film was initially telecast in Los Angeles Friday 4 October 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by New York City 2 March 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), by San Francisco 11 May 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and, finally by Philadelphia 12 September 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6). 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 »

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Jonathan Sand: Now, how can a guy be breaking the law when he's trying to save the resources of this country? He didn't know that he was doin' anything that you might call conservation, but bein' one of the best oilmen there is, he's got the right hunch about oil. He knows it took billions of years to put it there, and takin' it out at the rate we're goin', there won't be any oil left in the good U.S.A.
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Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
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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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