Boom Town

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Oil! The ebony lifeblood of American industry...and of mighty fortunes made and lost. In search of one of those black-gold fortunes, two bare-knuckle wildcatters dream, scheme, team up and square off in the make-or-break frenzy of a Texas Boom Town. In... read more
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Oil! The ebony lifeblood of American industry...and of mighty fortunes made and lost. In search of one of those black-gold fortunes, two bare-knuckle wildcatters dream, scheme, team up and square off in the make-or-break frenzy of a Texas Boom Town. In this pyrotechnics-filled film classic, the only things bigger than the adventure are the four stars: screen giants Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy as the oilmen and Claudette Colbert and Hedy Lamarr as the women in their tumultuous lives. As the foursome struggle through the personal upheaval of love and loyalties, wealth comes a gusher and a rig bursts into a screen-filling inferno that could turn dreams to dust. No wonder Boom Town boomed at the box office as the biggest moneymaker of 1940.

Original Release

08/30/1940

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Cast

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
Bess Flowers Worker in McMasters' New York Office
Marion Martin Whitey
Minna Gombell Spanish Eva
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Directors

Jack Conway, John Waters

Writers

John Lee Mahin, James Edward Grant

Cast

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
Bess Flowers Worker in McMasters' New York Office
Marion Martin Whitey
Minna Gombell Spanish Eva
Sara Haden Miss Barnes
Joe Yule Ed Murphy
Horace Murphy Tom Murphy
Marietta Canty Maid
Curt Bois Ferdie
Richard Lane Ass't. District Attorney
George Lessey Judge
Frank Orth Barber
John Hamilton Defense Attorney
Charles Coleman McMasters' Butler

Producers

Editors

Blanche Sewell, Paul Landres

1941 Oscar Best Cinematography, Black-and-White Nominated
1941 Oscar Best Effects, Special Effects Nominated
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