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1940 adventure film about two oil wildcatters
Boom Town

Boom Town is a 1940 American adventure film directed by Jack Conway and starring Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert and Hedy Lamarr. The supporting cast features Frank Morgan, Lionel Atwill and Chill Wills. A story written by James Edward Grant in Cosmopolitan magazine entitled "A Lady Comes to Burkburnett" provided the inspiration for the film. The film was produced and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Cast and Crew

Clark GableBig John McMasters
Spencer TracyJonathan Sand

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Boom Town (1940), 20 Jun 2006


Boom Town (1940), by Stephen W. Carson
A marvelous and fun ode to entrepreneurship starring Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy as two wildcatters that take wild risks hunting for oil in 1918 Texas. Risk, capital and entrepreneurial insight are all portrayed wonderfully. The cherry on top is when competitors invoke the Sherman Antitrust Act to go after a company they can't defeat fair and square in the marketplace (imagine that!)

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