Boom Town


This glossy, boisterous MGM production is a happy home for its slightly odd, but somehow, nicely matched group of stars. Cranky, stocky Spencer Tracy and athletic, rambunctious Clark Gable are Texas oilmen who work their way up from the bottom and fight and make up plenty along the way. Claudette Colbert and Hedy Lamarr are the love interests, but the most profound relationship is between Gable and Tracy. Still, the women attract their share of attention: Colbert manages to be both a practical and glamorous mother and wife; Lamarr’s small role is just the right size for her somewhat intriguing personality and overwhelming beauty. It is easy to see why Boom Town was one of the most successful movies of 1940, though it has not risen to be a classic of the time.

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