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Boom Town [VHS]
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Boom Town [VHS] (1940)

Clark Gable , Spencer Tracy , Jack Conway  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert, Hedy Lamarr, Frank Morgan
  • Directors: Jack Conway
  • Writers: James Edward Grant, John Lee Mahin
  • Producers: Sam Zimbalist
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM (Warner)
  • VHS Release Date: September 1, 1998
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301967380
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,709 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

A 1940 black and white classic with all the star power of the Hollywood era: Clark Gable, Spencey Tracy, Claudette Colbert, and Hedy Lamarr, among others. Award-nominated cinematography and an engaging story line which loses very little in translation to modern times. I thoroughly enjoyed this tale about a couple of buddies who go wildcatting in the Oklahoma oil fields, striking it rich and losing it all in the process. I had forgotten how good of a movie this is!

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
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.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hawks + Cukor March 15, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Hollywood Movie Ever About the Oil Industry December 18, 2001
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This is without question the best Hollywood movie ever made about the oil industry. It truly captures the passion, excitement, adventure and pioneering spirit that has made wildcatting such a wonderful endeavor. It also portrays the extraordinary period in history that the early decades of the 20th century provided for the industry. A time when a man with a dream, desire, and some skill, combined with a bit of luck, could overnight become one of the richest and most successful people in America. Often after having persevered through a long period of bad luck and dry holes. The movie also appears to incorporate in fascinating pieces of the actual histories of a number of the great wildcatters of the era.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is cut because....... June 24, 2008
By Tom C.
The reason they cut these old movies is because if 3 people find something offensive, the studios do not want a frivilous law suit on their hands, so it's it's just easier to cut the film to appease the minority of people. Older movies were not politically correct, and as a result, out come the scissors and let's snip away! Yet today's movies try to offend everyone when it comes to sex and drugs, but that's o.k. because it appeals to the 15 year old movie goers. Something wrong with this picture?
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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) presents "BOOM TOWN" (1940) - (119 min/B&W) -- Starring: Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert, Hedy Lamarr, Frank Morgan, Lionel Atwill & Chill Wills

Directed by Jack Conway

Clark Gable as "Big John" McMasters and Spencer Tracy is "Square John" Sand both seek their fortunes in the Texas oil fields. They simultaneously fall in love with Elizabeth, 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 his wife for the yummy Karen, the precocious companion of businessman Harry Compton. "Square John", who still carries a torch for Elizabeth but doesn't want to see her heart broken, tries to buy off Karen; when this fails, he decides to ruin "Big John" financially. But when "Big John" is charged with violating anti-trust rules by the crooked Compton, "Square John" rushes to the side of his old pal.

Oscar Nominated for Best Cinematography (black & white) & Best Special Effects.

Special footnote: -- Clark Gable was anxious to do the film because his father had been an oil rigger, and Gable himself had worked on oil rigs in Oklahoma before becoming an actor ~ Boom Town saw the re-teaming of Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable - back together on screen for the first time since the scintillating 'It Happened One Night' (1934) ~ This is the third (and last) pairing of those two "mega-stars": Clark Gable & Spencer Tracy. They were to appear together on two previous occasions - 'San Francisco' (1936) & 'Test Pilot' (1938).

1. Jack Conway (Director)
Date of Birth: 17 July 1887 - Graceville, Minnesota
Date of Death: 11 October 1952 - Pacific Palisades, California

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5.0 out of 5 stars you will love this Clark and Spencer are at their best with ...
If you are a fan of classic movies, you will love this Clark and Spencer are at their best with Claudette as a love interest. Enjoyable!
Published 1 month ago by Cash fan
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Published 1 month ago by William J Powers
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Published 2 months ago by James C. McIlrath
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It's ok
Published 3 months ago by Gloria Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly complex story.
Surprisingly complex story. The acting was stilted by today's standards but the movie was very enjoyable to watch and should have more attention.
Published 6 months ago by Upstate gal
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 7 months ago by D. A. Travers
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming In Spite Of Its Over-Glorification Of The Oil Industry
This movie is an over-glorification of the oil industry. However, it does a charming job of it with Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy as two "wildcatters" who make it big, but... Read more
Published 9 months ago by CelticWomanFanPiano
5.0 out of 5 stars my grandfather loved
just as described, my grandfather loved it
Published 10 months ago by Heather Morello
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is one of my husband's very favorite movies of all time!!
Published 11 months ago by Babygirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great old movie
The stars in this movie are legend. Gable, Tracy, Colbert and Lamarr are at the top of their game and make this a classic.
Published 12 months ago by Ron
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