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In Old Chicago -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Lamar Trotti (screen play) and
Sonya Levien (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
15 April 1938 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The great American motion picture!
Plot:
The O'Leary brothers -- honest Jack and roguish Dion -- become powerful figures, and eventually rivals, in Chicago on the eve of its Great Fire. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 4 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(6 articles)
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User Reviews:
Fighting fire with fire. See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tyrone Power ... Dion O'Leary

Alice Faye ... Belle Fawcett

Don Ameche ... Jack O'Leary

Alice Brady ... Molly O'Leary

Andy Devine ... Pickle Bixby

Brian Donlevy ... Gil Warren
Phyllis Brooks ... Ann Colby
Tom Brown ... Bob O'Leary

Sidney Blackmer ... General Phil Sheridan
Berton Churchill ... Senator Colby
June Storey ... Gretchen
Paul Hurst ... Edward (Mitch) Mitchell
Tyler Brooke ... Specialty Singer
J. Anthony Hughes ... Patrick O'Leary
Gene Reynolds ... Dion O'Leary as a Boy
Bobs Watson ... Bob O'Leary as a Boy
Billy Watson ... Jack O'Leary as a Boy
Madame Sul-Te-Wan ... Hattie (as Madame Sultewan)
Spencer Charters ... Commissioner W.J. Beavers
Rondo Hatton ... Rondo - Body Guard
Thelma Manning ... Carrie Donahue
Ruth Gillette ... Miss Lou
Eddie Collins ... Drunk
Scotty Mattraw ... Beef King
Joe Twerp ... Stuttering Clerk

Charles Lane ... Booking Agent (scenes deleted)
Clarence Wilson ... Lawyer (as Clarence Hummel Wilson)
Frank Dae ... Judge
Harry Stubbs ... Fire Commissioner
Joe King ... Ship's Captain
Francis Ford ... Driver
Bob Murphy ... Police Officer (as Robert Murphy)
Wade Boteler ... Polilce Officer
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... Dutch - Politician in Jack's Office
Russell Hicks ... Politician in Jack's Office
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carol Adams ... Chorine (uncredited)
Jessie Arnold ... Mrs. Donovan (uncredited)
Kathryn Barnes ... Chorine (uncredited)
Sue Barstead ... Chorine (uncredited)
Jeanette Bates ... Chorine (uncredited)
Colleen Bawn ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Doris Becker ... Chorine (uncredited)
Patsy Bedell ... Chorine (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Barbara Booth ... Chorine (uncredited)
Ed Brady ... Wagon Driver (uncredited)
Horace G. Brown ... Fireman (uncredited)
Julie Cabanne ... Chorine (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Onlooker (uncredited)
Jack Cheatham ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Davison Clark ... Police Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Hub Patron (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Hub Patron (uncredited)
Jeanne Criswell ... Horsewoman (uncredited)
Dale Dee ... Chorine (uncredited)
Natalie Finley ... Horsewoman (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Woman with Colby (uncredited)
Norah Gale ... Chorine (uncredited)
Kirby Grant ... Moustached Quartette Member - 'Old Virginny' Number (uncredited)
Harrison Greene ... Man with Colby (uncredited)
Harriette Haddon ... Chorine (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Harry Hayden ... Johnson (uncredited)
Harry Hollingsworth ... 1st Hub Bidder (uncredited)
Sheldon Jett ... Bartender (uncredited)
Edna Mae Jones ... Chorine (uncredited)
Jean Joyce ... Chorine (uncredited)
Adelaide Kaye ... Chorine (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Politician in Jack's Office (uncredited)
Crystal Keate ... Chorine (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ... Cop (uncredited)
Jacqueline Kopp ... Chorine (uncredited)
Mary Louise Kopp ... Chorine (uncredited)
Billie Lee ... Chorine (uncredited)
Patricia Lee ... Chorine (uncredited)
Patsy Lee ... Chorine (uncredited)
Vera Lewis ... Wedding Witness (uncredited)
Mary Lorraine ... Chorine (uncredited)
Corine McAlister ... Horsewoman (uncredited)
J.P. McGowan ... Saloon Manager (uncredited)
Pat McKee ... Man Getting Beer in Face (uncredited)
Lydia McKim ... Child (uncredited)
Florence McPherson ... Horsewoman (uncredited)
Burton Cagney Miller ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jackie Cagney Miller ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Opening Night Guest (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Senate Waiter (uncredited)
George Offerman Jr. ... Youth in New Suit (uncredited)
Pat Parrish ... Chorine (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Hub Patron (uncredited)
Patsy Perrin ... Chorine (uncredited)
Eleanore Prentiss ... Chorine (uncredited)
Jane Ray ... Chorine (uncredited)
Rice and Cady ... Dutch Comedians (uncredited)
Dorothy Rodgers ... Horsewoman (uncredited)
John Roy ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Muriel Scheck ... Chorine (uncredited)

Audrey Scott ... Horsewoman (uncredited)
Louise Seidel ... Chorine (uncredited)
Hugh Sheridan ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Lorraine Standish ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Belle's Admirer (uncredited)
Hope Taylor ... Chorine (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Hub Patron (uncredited)
June Terry ... Chorine (uncredited)
Valerie Traxler ... Chorine (uncredited)
John Wallace ... Fire-Reporter (uncredited)
Marion Weldon ... Chorine (uncredited)
Dorothy White ... Chorine (uncredited)
Charles Williams ... Secretary / Wedding Witness (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry King 
 
Writing credits
Lamar Trotti (screen play) and
Sonya Levien (screen play)

Niven Busch (based on a story by)

Produced by
Kenneth Macgowan .... associate producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer
 
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
J. Peverell Marley (photography) (as Peverell Marley)
 
Film Editing by
Barbara McLean 
 
Casting by
Walter Whaley (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
William S. Darling  (as William Darling)
Rudolph Sternad 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
 
Costume Design by
Royer 
 
Makeup Department
Gale McGarry .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Ben Nye .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Booth McCracken .... unit manager
Ed Ebele .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert D. Webb .... assistant director (as Robert Webb)
Bob Herndon .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Edward O'Fearna .... assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
 
Art Department
M. Duke Abrahams .... props (uncredited)
Charles Fremdling .... assistant props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Eugene Grossman .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Bob Bertrand .... boom operator (uncredited)
H. Richards .... cable person (uncredited)
W.R. Snyder .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Daniel B. Clark .... special effects photographer
Ralph Hammeras .... special effects stager
H. Bruce Humberstone .... special effects director
Fred Sersen .... special effects stager
Louis J. Witte .... special effects stager
 
Stunts
Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunt rider (uncredited)
Jack Montgomery .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Raye .... stunts (uncredited)
Audrey Scott .... riding double: Alice Brady (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
A.C. Bumpus .... assistant grip (uncredited)
Clarence Collins .... best boy (uncredited)
Kenneth Green .... camera operator (uncredited)
N. Hanley .... assistant grip (uncredited)
Jack Percy .... grip (uncredited)
Edward Petzoldt .... gaffer (uncredited)
John Van Wormer .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Frank Tresselt .... music casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Albert Conti .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Ollie Hughes .... wardrober: women (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Bob Lee .... wardrober: men (uncredited)
Arthur M. Levy .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Richard Billings .... assistant cutter (uncredited)
Robert Fritch .... assistant cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Louis Silvers .... musical director
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jule Styne .... vocal supervisor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Teresa Brachetto .... script clerk (uncredited)
Harry Brand .... publicity director (uncredited)
Nick Castle .... dance director (uncredited)
Edwin H. Curtis .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Gene Fowler .... researcher (uncredited)
Jack Haskell .... dance director (uncredited)
Sid Jordan .... horse supervisor (uncredited)
Max Larey .... script clerk (uncredited)
Charles E. McCarthy .... press representative (uncredited)
Geneva Sawyer .... dance director (uncredited)
Rose Steinberg .... script clerk: second unit (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
95 min | 111 min (roadshow version)
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:K-16 | UK:U (re-rating) (1994) | UK:A (original rating) (1938) | USA:Approved (PCA #3639) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Alice Brady won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in this film. Brady wasn't present at the award ceremony, but a man walked up and accepted the award on her behalf. After the show, he and the Oscar were never seen again.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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:Nothing can lick Chicago!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Carry Me Back to Old VirginnySee more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Fighting fire with fire., 11 January 2009
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

This is the fictional story of the O'Leary family and the birth of the Great Fire of Chicago.

Big budget, big stars and a completely big production, In Old Chicago may be deemed as a Zanuck cash in on the previous years MGM eye opener, San Francisco, it is however a wonderful picture that features two differing halves of worth. Casting aside historical accuracy (lets really not go down that road in cinema history), this Henry King directed piece firstly engages us as a jaunty family character piece, only to then pull the rug from underneath us to let in political intrigue, deception, down right ugliness and a near $2 million fire besieged Chicago!

Tyrone Power, Don Ameche, Alice Faye, Alice Brady (Best Supporting Actress Academy Award) and Brian Donlevy all line up to entertain the viewers, all possibly aware that they are merely the starter course for the extravagant main course that will be the 20 minute final reel of panic and burning disaster. Yet to focus merely on the fire itself, and the effects that some 70 years later still impact smartly, is to do the first half a disservice, characters are formed and the story is fully fleshed to make the wait for the fire completely worth our time. It's no history lesson for sure but the devilment of some characters, and the ineptitude of some others, more than make this an essential watch for fans of 30s cinema. 7.5/10

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