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Boom Town
Boom Town
Actors: Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert, Hedy Lamarr, Frank Morgan
Directors: George Sidney, Jack Conway, Rudolf Ising
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, Animation
NR     2006     1hr 59min

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Actors: Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert, Hedy Lamarr, Frank Morgan
Directors: George Sidney, Jack Conway, Rudolf Ising
Creators: Fred Quimby, Louis Lewyn, James Edward Grant, John Lee Mahin, Morey Amsterdam
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, Animation
Sub-Genres: Classics, Animation, Drama, Classics, Family Films, Animation
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Black and White - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/20/2006
Original Release Date: 08/30/1940
Theatrical Release Date: 08/30/1940
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 59min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Member Movie Reviews

Alice B. from SANDY, UT
Reviewed on 5/21/2014...
This is a great movie and filmed in 1941. The actors are great. Spencer Tracy and Clark Gable are best friends and Gable marries Colbert who is Spencer's girl. They split up over Gable romancing another woman. Tracy is still in love with Colbert and he wants to see her happy. Both Tracy and Gable make it big in the oil business. Tracy comes to see Colbert and Gable in New York and they have a son Jackie and Colbert is unhappy. Gable is having an affair with his secretary. and Tracy ends that and testifies in Gable's behalf in court.Both lose all their money and move together to California at the end to start over..

Movie Reviews

Hawks + Cukor
Kevin Killian | San Francisco, CA United States | 03/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I loved it, but I have to agree with the other reviewer who said that something gets lost when Clark Gable decides to go to New York and moves Claudette Colbert and little Jack with him.

The fun of the first part of the picture is replaced by an agonizing melodrama, which I also like, but it could have been two different pictures. The first movie would tell all about Gable and Tracy's friendship and their rivalry over Colbert--a kind of Howard Hawks male bonding movie. The key scene in this one would be the hotel room in the "boom town" in which Tracy and Gable strip to their underwear and Gable starts calling Tracy "Shorty," a nickname he hates but he loves to have Gable call him. The second film is more of a George Cukor story, for once Hedy Lamarr enters the picture as a Dutch lobbyist, this gives Claudette Colbert a whole lot more to worry about than scrubbing oil stains off Gable's overalls. Watching this picture recently I found myself more involved with Hedy Lamarr's role than I had been previously. She's not "brash" and "American" like the others actors (yes, I know Colbert is French but she has that American buzz thing going on) and she's languorous and moody, speaking of herself modestly as a "high class eavesdropper." But she's far from a bad actress, she's a bit more subtle than the other three (not to mention such certified hams as Chill Wills and Frank Morgan). Lamarr's scenes convince you that she was actually a very smart girl, didn't she invent the submarine or something in real life? You can see her brain turning over every possibility in Gable's long, lanky frame, and the glint in his dark eyes."
It is the closest real life movie of our early oil history
Kevin Killian | 04/07/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The movie has a great cast with some of the best actors that ever graced Hollywood. You have action from the very beginning that holds your attention throughout the whole movie. You can feel the excitment of every oil discovery and the disappointment of every dry-hole. Boom Town has a story which is simple and is brought together with non complicated characters. The people wre all individuals, with there own ideas and had the guts and determination to risk everything to make there dream come true. I like to think, that was the way people were like in those days. If you like great acting and a movie of old adventure with a story that cannot be repeated in these modern times, then Boom Town is for the old fashioned of heart with romance in the soul."
Update for the Boom Town DVD by Rags to Riches Reviewer
Michael Ziegler | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania United States | 07/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The new DVD sharpens the film up considerably. The Theatrical Trailer is included along with a cartoon and Hollywood short that don't have much of anything to do with this great film. As before, I mentioned that I had hoped that all the film would be put back together and although this is a little better there is still some cutting, including the Oklahoma Indian Land Deal Peace Pipe smoking scene which is still missing here. This film was the biggest money maker in 1940. It won an academy award for special effects and deserved it. Why can't we have the whole production on film? Anyway, I still recommend the film for entertainment value. They don't make films for pure fun anymore but this was one of them."