i have to admit that i'm not a huge fan of clark gable as i haven't really seen many of his films.
even so, i enjoyed watching "boom town." it has typical lavish "M.G.M" production values, some good directing from jack conway, a serviceable script and two great performances from gable and spencer tracy. at this time in their careers, the two leading men were not getting along very well in particular, if the tension behind the scenes is anything to go by. as a result, the hatred and bitterness that their characters display toward each other on the film, tends to look more realistic than viewers might realise. regardless, it adds considerable weight to their masculine on-screen images as they portray friends and then rivals in the world of the oil business.
fans of the golden years of hollywood, should find plenty to enjoy in this fast-paced, detailed and well-acted production.