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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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Belle Fawcett
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Alice Brady ...
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Pickle Bixby
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Gil Warren
Phyllis Brooks ...
Ann Colby
Tom Brown ...
Bob O'Leary
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Berton Churchill ...
Senator Colby
June Storey ...
Gretchen
Paul Hurst ...
Edward (Mitch) Mitchell
Tyler Brooke ...
Specialty Singer
J. Anthony Hughes ...
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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fire | cow | lawyer | brother | accident | See more »

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15 April 1938 (USA)  »

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In Old Chicago  »

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Budget:

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

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1.37 : 1
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According to the DVD which includes the roadshow version (information given in the accompanying leaflet) Western Costumes didn't have enough costumes on hand to dress all the extras in the fire scenes and had to borrow proper period costumes from other costumiers across the country. See more »

Goofs

At 1:26:10, Gil's position on the house changes. See more »

Quotes

Dion O'Leary: Nothing can lick Chicago!
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Connections

Edited into Call Northside 777 (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

The Battle Cry of Freedom
(1862) (uncredited)
Written by George Frederick Root
Played by a marching band during an election rally
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Where are the missing twenty minutes>
11 April 2005 | by (Edinboro,PA - USA) – See all my reviews

I see the original version of the film is 115 minutes and the version on FOX Movie Channel is 95 minutes. So twenty minutes are lost. I presume this was done on a re-release so the film would fit better in a double bill. This is quite common and a shame. I hope a film restorer is looking for the lost footage to add back so film buffs can see the original. This was done with 'For Whom the Bells Tolls'. 'In Old Chicago' is an important film and deserves the same.

Secondly, I think the maid Hattie is quite hilarious. I thought her remarks were very subtle and cleaver. I wonder if she was improvising? If so, it added a lot to the film.


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