Boom Town

Synopsis: Buddies Big John McMasters and Square John Sand are fast-talking, wisecracking wildcatters who manage to con enough equipment and capital to develop their own oil fields, but their friendship is put to the test when Big John inadvertently falls in love with Elizabeth, Square John's longtime girlfriend. Eventually their friendship and partnership comes to an end on the flip of a coin. Years later, when Big John's interest in the beautiful Karen Vanmeer threatens his marriage too, Square John intervenes in an effort to save the marriage of his former friend - even if it means ruining him financially.
Director(s): Jack Conway
119 min

There you are. One dollar.

Big oil strike in California. Read all about it.

Read all about it for 2 bits.

Big oil strike in California.

There's a plenty big one here, bub.

Yeah, if I could only get me a string...

...of equipment, I got a piece

of ground that's a honey.

You got ground? You got ground.

Here, take a look at the core

from my lease.

Smell it. Down 800 feet

and run out of pipe.

Well, if it's pipe and tools you need,

there's Luther Aldrich now.

That tightwad.

Luther Aldrich? Where?

Where is he? Wh...?

Hey, 6 bits, please. Thanks.

Get around the side of me, fella, will you?

- Come on, I'm getting out here.

- Come on, mule.

Hello, Luther, old boy. Well, I haven't

seen you since the Kansas boom.

- I don't think I quite...

- We made a lot of money there, didn't we?

- Sand. John Sand? You remember me.

- Sand? I don't think I...

I'm spudding in my first well down here.

I'm going down about 1700 feet... I'll need quite a lot of equipment.

- Oh, equipment?

Yes. Mr. Sand, of course.

Well, come right over here.

What section are you thinking of drilling?

Well, my lease is in a new section

about 30 miles south of here.

- Thirty miles. A wildcat, huh?

- Some fellas might call it that.

Casing tools and lumber...

...will cost you about $ 7000 in cash.

- That's fine.

That's fine, fine. We'll just carry that

in an open account against my name...

...and then when the well comes in...

- I thought so, another deadbeat.

- These boomtowns reek with larceny.

- I may be down to my last couple bucks...

...but do you think I'd do it

if I didn't think there was oil?

You're an oil man, aren't you?

All oil men are crazy.

I've been swindled and hijacked

and I'm practically naked.

Mr. Aldrich, there's a million dollars in this.

Now, you know me.

I don't know you.

I don't know why I said I did.

What do people think I am, a good fairy?

Hey, brother. Four bits if you want to cross.

Or take it the hard way.

That's the way I take everything else.

Shorty, do you mind backing up

and letting me by?

Yeah, I do mind. Suppose you back up.

And don't call me Shorty.

Shorty or sonny,

what difference does it make?

You know, you're liable to get all muddy

if you don't put it in reverse.

- Move over, bud.

- I'm wearing Justin Boots with 4-inch heels.

They'll sure make big dents

in that little frame of yours.

Stop, or I'll shoot.

Put that six-shooter down.

I'm John McMasters.

I never heard of you.

And I got no time to start now.

Nice shooting, Harmony.

Right above the nose.

Sorry his nose was so close to you,

big feller.

What did he do to you? Talk back?

No, nothing personal. Just, he's been

around hijacking tools and equipment.

Hijacking? Yeah, that's bad business.

Ain't it awful?

I was just trying to arrest him.

Why can't folks be more law-abiding?

I'll go home and won't sleep good

again tonight.

I guess he will.

Hey, what do you...? John.

Hi, Evie. How's my

barrel of sweet Spanish crude?

Where you been hiding, honey?

Hey, what happened?

You jump out a window?

You know I wouldn't

turn my back on a lady.

- Hi, Larry.

- Hi, John.

- You been holding out on me.

- You ain't been around.

She just come over from New Orleans.

Lots of laughs.

Never been away from home.

Hey, 50 bucks. You'll spoil the kid.

You can't spoil baby lamb.

Besides, I got 800 in my poke.

Just brought in a gusher

for old man Wilson.

I'm here for laughs

and checking out in the morning.

You darn prairie jack.

Where you hopping to now?

I hear they brought in a big wildcat

out in California.

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John Lee Mahin

John Lee Mahin (August 23, 1902, Evanston, Illinois – April 18, 1984, Los Angeles) was an American screenwriter and producer of films who was active in Hollywood from the 1930s to the 1960s. He was known as the favorite writer of Clark Gable and Victor Fleming. In the words of one profile, he had "a flair for rousing adventure material, and at the same time he wrote some of the raciest and most sophisticated sexual comedies of that period." more…

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