In Old Chicago

"Weak"

In Old Chicago Review


You know the O'Learys? Who had the famous cow that started the Chicago fire?

Well, this is not their story.

In Old Chicago imagines the (here, nearly fictional) O'Leary family in the days before the infamous fire, turning Mrs. O'Leary into a widow and giving her two sons (Tyrone Power and Don Ameche) who ply the opposite sides of the tracks. The first two-thirds of the film concerns the O'Leary boys -- one has political aspirations and one is quite the opposite, setting up the machinations that will come to play when that stupid cow kicks over that carelessly lit lantern. Much like the modern-day Titanic, the disaster to follow is just a backdrop for the character study. And unfortunately, In Old Chicago can't hold our interest for much more than five minutes on this account.

Alice Faye won an Oscar playing the film's chanteuse, and the film was nominated for Best Picture -- a testament to the nearly $2 million spent on it and its amazing special effects. That's not a CGI fire, folks.



In Old Chicago

Facts and Figures

Run time: 95 mins

In Theaters: Friday 15th April 1938

Production compaines: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Darryl F. Zanuck Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 67%
Fresh: 6 Rotten: 3

IMDB: 6.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck

Starring: as Dion O'Leary, as Belle Fawcett, as Jack O'Leary, as Molly O'Leary, as Pickle Bixby, as Gil Warren, as Ann Colby, Tom Brown as Bob O'Leary, as General Phil Sheridan, J. Anthony Hughes as Pat O'Leary, as Senator Colby, Bess Flowers as Mrs. Colby, June Storey as Gretchen, Paul Hurst as Mitch, Spencer Charters as Beavers, Madame Sul-Te-Wan as Hattie, Rondo Hatton as Rondo, Russell Hicks as Political crony, Harry Hayden as Johnson, George Chandler as Townsman, as Dion O'Leary (as a boy), Billy Watson as Jack O'Leary (as a boy), Bobs Watson as Bob O'Leary (as a boy), Vera Lewis as Wedding witness

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