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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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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:
For her "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" number Alice Faye wore the same $1500 pair of jeweled stockings she had sported in "On the Avenue."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At 7:45, the position of the kids in the wagon change.See more »
Quotes:
Dion O'Leary:Nothing can lick Chicago!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
In Old ChicagoSee more »

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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
The Great Chicago Fire, 5 February 2006

The film is delicious in that brassy, over-blown 20th Century Fox way. Among the absurdities is Alice Faye singing "In Old Chicago" in a town that was 35 years old. Yet it's amazing that so much of the actual fire's history is accurately portrayed, such as Mrs. O'Leary's "peg-leg" neighbor who sounded the alarm for the immediate DeKoven St. neighbors. Some of the bigger shots are copied right from lithographs of the period. But then most of the politics is totally fraudulent.

Women extras were not allowed to appear in dangerous situations in '30s Hollywood so watch closely during the street scenes where there are runaway horses and racing fire engines. The "ladies" scrambling around are clearly tall men in Victorian drag. It's a hoot.

Those viewers of a certain age may remember a Sunday evening TV program in the '50s with Walter Kronkite called "You Are There" which put you into historical events. The episode featuring the Chicago Fire cannibalized this Fox film and lifted much of the disaster footage.

There are so many parallels to the previous year's big MGM success "San Francisco" (1936) with Clark Gable and Jeanette McDonald. Here we have Alice Faye also singing in a saloon, a disaster during the night, "dirty politics" with an attempt to clean out the slum zone, little kids in danger during the fire, buildings being dynamited to contain the blaze, the hero searching for days for his lost love among the victims, and so forth.

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