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Boom Town

Boom Town(1940)

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Although onscreen credit list Harold Rosson as photographer, Film Daily credits Elwood Bredell with photography. Onscreen credits also list Blanche Sewell as editor, but modern sources credit Paul Landers. According to news items in Hollywood Reporter, the leading female role in this picture was originally written for Myrna Loy. Another item in Hollywood Reporter notes that technical advisor Ford Alexander was a real-life oil fire fighter. The film was shot partially on location in Bakersfield, CA. A pre-release news item in Hollywood Reporter adds that M-G-M decided to run this picture on a single bill and increase the admission price. The studio's justification for this policy was that with so many stars, it was actually "four films in one." In the movie Hulabaloo, star Frank Morgan impersonated the voices of Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy and Claudette Colbert in a re-enactment of a scene from Boom Town. Boom Town was nominated for the following Academy Awards: Best Black and White Cinematography, Best Special Photographic Effects and Best Sound Recording. This was the last of three films starring Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy. They also starred together in the 1936 film San Francisco (see below) and the 1938 film Test Pilot (see below). This was the second and last pairing of Gable and Claudette Colbert following their appearance in the Oscar winning film It Happened One Night (see below).