Boom Town (1940)

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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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  • Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy at an event for Boom Town (1940)
  • Clark Gable in Boom Town (1940)
  • Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in Boom Town (1940)
  • Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy in Boom Town (1940)
  • Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in Boom Town (1940)
  • "Boom Town" Spencer Tracy, Hedy Lamarr, Claudette Colbert, Clark Gable 1940 MGM

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9 January 2004 | bkoganbing
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| Gable's most personal role
When one thinks of roles identified with Clark Gable, Boom Town does not immediately come to mind. Yet this film, done at what most would consider the high water mark of Gable's career (after Gone With the Wind and before Carole Lombard's death) was possibly his most personal role. Before he was actor Gable worked in the oil fields with his widowed father. After that he decided acting was a far easier way to make a living. But he actually lived the life that he and Spencer Tracy portrayed in Boom Town. He brings more to the part of Big John McMasters than any other part he ever did. I'm sure he was an unofficial technical consultant on the film.

The film is also an ode to laissez faire capitalism, maybe one of the most right wing films ever done in Hollywood. You will never hear Herbert Hoover's rugged individualism better justified than in Spencer Tracy's speech to the jury in Gable's anti-trust trial. One half of the script writing team was James Edward Grant who later did many of the more propagandistic films that John Wayne did.

Frank Morgan is his usual befuddled self, he had a patent on those parts. Claudette Colbert is fine as the woman both men love and Hedy Lamarr was her usual alluring self.

Great entertainment all around.

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