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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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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 »
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(6 articles)
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Well It's the Best Film I've Ever Seen About the Great Chicago 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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Trivia:
Having been nominated in 1936 for Best Supporting Actress for My Man Godfrey (1936), Alice Brady became the first supporting artist to receive back-to-back nominations.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At 1:26:10, Gil's position on the house changes.See more »
Quotes:
Dion O'Leary:We O'Learys are a strange tribe.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Time Travelers (1976) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Battle Cry of FreedomSee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Well It's the Best Film I've Ever Seen About the Great Chicago Fire, 27 October 2010
Author: Supachewy from United States

The historical drama In Old Chicago is directed by Henry King and stars Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, and Don Ameche. The film takes place in 1870s Chicago.

The film starts out with a family heading to Chicago in 1854. On the way to Chicago the father decides to race a train after his children ask him to do so and he loses control of the cart and ends up badly injuring himself, so much so it leads to his death. When the remainder of the family enter Chicago two of the children accidentally dirty a woman's dress and the mother offers to clean it for her. The mother is so good as cleaning she starts a business and then it is cut to 1870. All the boys are grown up one is a lawyer, one is involved with gambling and other frowned on affairs, and the final one does not really have that much of a part so it doesn't matter. The son that is a lawyer, Jack (Ameche), is convinced to run for mayor and Dion (Power) is one of the heads of a somewhat crime organization. The two are rivals, but then the great fire starts burning...

The writing for this film is decent. It is an interesting concept having the two brothers pitted against each other, I like that part a lot. But every relationship involving a woman of romance just seemed so unnatural and forced. It was just like if anyone talked to a woman in a few minutes they would be in love. I liked towards the end everything that had to do with the fire, I thought that was very interesting and kept my attention. After the film ended though not much was very memorable.

Henry King's direction for this film was quite good. One shot in particular I liked was when it was in the bar and the camera dollied backwards and I saw all the bartenders serving beer to the large crowd of people. This shot was so much more efficient than just an overhead shot displaying the large amount of people because it felt like I was actually there. Also King directed everything with the fire brilliantly as well. He got solid performances from all his leads as well.

The editing for this film was equally as good as the direction. One thing I liked in particular was when the mother was washing the clothes and all the years passed by over her washing. I thought that was much smarter than just going to the next shot and putting 1870 on the bottom of the screen. Again with the fire scenes everything was edited perfectly, especially involving the special effects.

The acting was solid by most of the cast. I thought Tyrone Power played his part very well, he was likable even though his character was devious. I did think the parts where he was with any woman besides his mother were ridiculous, but that wasn't his fault it was the writers and director. Alice Faye did not give that great of a performance but I thought her role was somewhat useless so it was hard for her to be good. Don Ameche basically just read his lines and furrowed his brow during the whole film so nothing remarkable. Alice Brady won an Oscar for her role as the mother and she deserved it. She was basically a caring mother that did not want her sons to be running around and being with women who were not of class. She played the part perfectly and really could not have improved.

Overall I give this film a very weak 7/10. My main issue is that after the film I almost immediately forgot it but during the film it was quite an experience. I would recommend this film to anyone who enjoys historical dramas.

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