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  • U
  • Action, Drama
  • 1937
  • 115 mins

In Old Chicago

In Old Chicago


A lavish period piece set around the Chicago fire of 1871. Brady is Mrs O'Leary, mother of two rival brothers, the good-hearted rogue Dion (Power), and the good-hearted lawyer Jack (Ameche), who are off having romantic adventures in the Windy City while a cow owned by their mother starts the fire. Recreation of the event caused the film to be one of the most expensive of its time, and the film won an Oscar for its effects (Brady bagged a Best Supporting Actress one, too).

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Alice Brady, Brian Donlevy, Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Andy Devine
  • Director: Henry King
  • Writer: Sonja Levien, Lamar Trotti
  • Producer: Darryl F Zanuck
  • Photographer: J Peverell Marley

In a nutshell

Nothing extraordinary in retrospect, but it is genial enough.

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