Cinema: The New Pictures: Aug. 26, 1940

Boom Town (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) is the muddy hamlet of Burkburnett, Tex., and things start happening there when Big John MacMasters (Clark Gable) and his friend Square John Sand (Spencer Tracy) bring in a gusher with stolen equipment. Then Square John's girl (Claudette Colbert) comes West and Big John appropriates her. For 20 years Square John and Big John go on mooning over Claudette, bringing in gushers, getting rich and going broke like two big kids on a seesaw. When Big John begins to neglect Claudette for a saucy little baggage named Karen Vanmeer (Hedy Lamarr), Square John decides to wreck the seesaw...

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