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Boom Town (1940)





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Clark Gable is "Big John" and Spencer Tracy is "Square John"; both "Johns" seek their fortunes in the Texas oil fields. They simultaneously fall in love with Claudette Colbert, but it's "Big John" who wins out. When both Johns grow rich on oil, "Big John" lets money go to his head, and he begins neglecting wife Colbert for Hedy Lamarr, the "been around" companion of businessman Lionel Atwill. "Square John", who still carries a torch for Colbert but doesn't want to see her heart broken, tries to buy off Lamarr; when this fails, he decides to ruin "Big John" financially. But when "Big John" is charged with violating anti-trust rules by the crooked Atwill, "Square John" rushes to the side of his old pal. Both men end up where they started--broke but happy. "Big John" returns to faithful Colbert, while "Square John" stands by with an ear-to-ear grin. Boom Town was the last film to co-star Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy; though Tracy was fond of Gable, he resented playing "eunuch" in their on-screen romantic triangles. Claudette Colbert's scenes with Clark Gable are pleasant enough, but the sparks that had ignited their scenes in It Happened One Night are largely absent here.

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Clark Gable
as Big John McMasters
Spencer Tracy
as Square John Sand
Claudette Colbert
as Betsy Bartlett
Hedy Lamarr
as Karen Vanmeer
Frank Morgan
as Luther Aldrich
Lionel Atwill
as Harry Compton
Chill Wills
as Harmony Jones
Minna Gombell
as Spanish Eva
Joe Yule
as Ed Murphy
Horace Murphy
as Tom Murphy
Roy Gordon
as McCreery
Richard Lane
as Assistant District Attorney
Casey Johnson
as Little Jack
Sara Haden
as Miss Barnes
Frank Orth
as Barber
Curt Bois
as Ferdie
Dick Curtis
as Hiring boss
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Critic Reviews for Boom Town

All Critics (3)

Boom Town is a good motion picture that might have been a great one.

October 29, 2019 | Full Review…

It's fine in the oil fields, but is a mess when indoors.

August 12, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A fun comedy-adventure, starring MGM's top talent, Clark Gable and Spence Tracy, not to mention Claudette Colbert

April 2, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Boom Town

All star quartet perform well in this robust entry from classic Hollywood.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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Great Film!!! I don't think Hollywood allows a film about OIL! to be made under 2 hours. Gable and Tracy shine together as always.

cody franklin
cody franklin

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Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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