Boom Town

1940, Adventure, 1h 59m

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Two rogue Texas oil men, "Big John" McMasters (Clark Gable) and "Square John" Sand (Spencer Tracy), drill oil wells in fields where there is no known oil. These wildcatters team up with a local drilling equipment owner, Luther Aldrich (Frank Morgan), and strike it rich -- but the ups and downs of the oil business, the whims of South American politics, and the love of Elizabeth "Betsy" Bartlett (Claudette Colbert) threaten to tear the two friends apart.

Cast & Crew

Clark Gable
Big John McMasters
Spencer Tracy
Square John Sand
Claudette Colbert
Betsy Bartlett
Hedy Lamarr
Karen Vanmeer
Frank Morgan
Luther Aldrich
Lionel Atwill
Harry Compton
Chill Wills
Harmony Jones
Marion Martin
Whitey
Minna Gombell
Spanish Eva
Joe Yule
Ed Murphy
Roy Gordon
McCreery
John Lee Mahin
Screenwriter
Franz Waxman
Original Music
Harold Rosson
Cinematographer
Elwood Bredell
Cinematographer
Paul Landres
Film Editor
Cedric Gibbons
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Audience Reviews for Boom Town

  • Nov 22, 2008
    All star quartet perform well in this robust entry from classic Hollywood.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Apr 22, 2008
    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 f Super Reviewer
  • Jul 14, 2007
    Classic Hollywood "A" feature with Clark Gable as the alpha dog (he gets all the girls in the movie!), Spencer Tracy as the loyal sidekick (he gets none!), Claudette Colbert as the loyal wifey, and Hedy Lamarr as the loyal other woman (what else?!). It's as well done as they could do it, blueprinting the American psyche the old fashioned way. And it's a little fun.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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