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Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in “Boom Town” (1940)

The following still I purchased nearly 20 years ago is of Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert from the 1940 film “Boom Town”. The film started Clark Gable (“Big John” Masters) and Spencer Tracy (“Square John” Sand) as two wildcatters (those who try to drill oil wells in areas not in oil fields) down on their luck. Years later, Big John meets Betsy (Colbert) and marries her (not knowing that she was the girlfriend of “Square John”) and thus the two become rivals in their wildcatting business. One of the few films that showcased the actual violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.


I absolutely loved Gable and Colbert in the 1934 film “It Happened One Night” and it was great to see the two reunite for “Boom Town”. The film happens to also be the final film that would star both Gable and Spencer Tracy.

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Taken on May 20, 2011