USA Today - 09/14/1990
"...Hollywood star power all the way -- and the topical theme doesn't hurt either..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Oil! The ebony lifeblood of American industry... and of mighty fortunes made and lost. In search of one of those black-gold fortunes, two bare-knuckle wildcatters dream, scheme, team up and square off in the make-or-break frenzy of a Texas Boom Town. In this pyrotechnics-filled film classic, the only things bigger than the adventure are the four stars: screen giants Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy as the oilmen and Claudette Colbert and Hedy Lamarr as the women in their tumultuous lives. As the foursome struggle through the personal upheaval of love and loyalties, wealth comes a gusher ? and a rig bursts into a screen-filling inferno that could turn dreams to dust. No wonder Boom Town boomed at the box office, too, as the biggest moneymaker of 1940.
Two rough-and-tumble wildcatters strike it rich in the dusty oil fields of Oklahoma. Not much of a story here but good star performances make it worthwhile. This was nominated for an Academy Award for Best (Black-and-White) Cinematography and Best Special Effects, so why bother with the colorized version'
A tale of two wildcat oil drillers and their friendship that survives boom and bust through the years. It's the beginning of a long, amicable rivalry when Big John McMasters, a dashing charmer and his more stolid partner Square John Sand team up and strike it big in the adventurous new industry. Their competition eventually extends beyond the oil fields as McMasters succeeds in winning Betsy Bartlett, the girl they both love, away from Sands. Not one to let a wounded ego get in the way of what's right, San helps save his friend's marriage when McMasters' head is turned by a big city bombshell.
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