Best “Investigation/Price Gouging/Showdown/Violence” Romance Movie

Michael Giberson

According to the Internet Movie Data Base, just one movie shows up when you search on keywords  “Investigation/Price Gouging/Showdown/Violence” in the Romance genre: The Boss of Big Town. It is a 1942 film in which, “A criminal plot to control produce and dairy products during the wartime emergency is foiled by an courageous undercover city market official.”

Haven’t seen it – and haven’t been searching IMDb for investigation-price gouging-showdown-violence romance films either, the link just showed up in search results.  But the search result led me to wonder what other films have been tagged “price gouging.”

The answer: five total. In addition to The Boss of Big Town, IMDb lists:

  • Falling Down (1993, “An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.”)
  • Bend of the River (1952, “Two men with questionable pasts, Glyn McLyntock and his friend Cole, lead a wagon-train load of homesteaders from Missouri to the Oregon territory.”)
  • Pack Train (1953, “Baddies McLain and Riker charge settlers what the traffic will bear for supplies. When Autry attempts to help out, the outlaws go after him.”)
  • Wagon Train (1940, “Pecos businessman Matt Gardner is buying up freighters, or wagon trains of food supplies, at cheap prices through intimidation.”)

Five TV episodes are also tagged “price gouging” in the IMDb, four of which are from The Simpsons.