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In Old Chicago (1937)

 -  Action | Drama | Musical  -  15 April 1938 (USA)
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The O'Leary brothers -- honest Jack and roguish Dion -- become powerful figures, and eventually rivals, in Chicago on the eve of its Great Fire.

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Senator Colby
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Gretchen
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Edward (Mitch) Mitchell
Tyler Brooke ...
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Patrick O'Leary
Gene Reynolds ...
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Storyline

Story of the great fire of 1871. Fictional story of two sons of Mrs. O'Leary (the owner of the cow which started the fire), one a rogue (Power) the other a lawyer (Ameche). One of the most expensive films of its time ($1.8 million). Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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15 April 1938 (USA)  »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first of 5 pictures in which Don Ameche and Alice Faye would star together. The others were "You Can't Have Everything" (1937), "Alexander's Ragtime Band" (1938), "Lillian Russell" (1940) and "That Night in Rio" (1941). See more »

Goofs

Just before the fire in 1871, the Mayor speaks about replacing the combustible buildings in "The Patch" with newer ones made of stone and steel. The first buildings with steel frameworks were not constructed until the 1880's. Before then, large buildings were constructed of wood with a stone shell. See more »

Quotes

Dion O'Leary: We O'Learys are a strange tribe.
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Soundtracks

Take a Dip in the Sea
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Lew Pollack
Lyrics by Sidney D. Mitchell
Sung and Danced by Tyler Brooke and chorus girls at The Senate
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Fun and Special Effects, Too
2 June 1999 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This is a good, old-fashioned movie featuring brotherly rivalry between Don Ameche's character and Tyrone Power's. Tyrone is the good-hearted scoundrel of the two -- his scenes with Alice Faye have pizzaz despite her not being half as gorgeous as her leading man. The scene where Tyrone ducks objects that Alice throws at him in anger, then wrestles her to the floor and bites her lower lip, is a must-see for Power admirers. The Chicago fire is portrayed so well, this movie won an award for special effects.


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