Boom Town

Boom Town

Clark Gable
Director: Jack Conway Cast: Clark Gable
Clark Gable
, Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
, Claudette Colbert
Claudette Colbert
Jack Conway


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/02/2014
UPC: 0888574098612
Original Release: 1940
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:59:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Horace Murphy Tom Murphy
Roy Gordon McCreery
Richard Lane Assistant District Attorney
Casey Johnson Little Jack
Baby Quintanilla Baby Jack
George Lessey Judge
Sara Haden Miss Barnes
Frank Orth Barber
Frank McGlynn Deacon
Curt Bois Ferdie
Dick Curtis Hiring boss

Technical Credits
Jack Conway Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Daniele Amfitheatrof Score Composer
Elwood Bredell Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
James Edward Grant Original Story
Horace Hough Asst. Director
Eddie Imazu Art Director
Paul Landres Editor
John Lee Mahin Screenwriter
Harold Hal Rosson Cinematographer
Blanche Sewell Editor
Gile Steele Costumes/Costume Designer
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Sam Zimbalist Producer

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