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Night Life in Chicago (1948)

This Traveltalks entry offers a sampling of the nighttime entertainment available in Chicago's many restaurants, theaters, nightclubs, and hotel showrooms.


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Complete credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Julian & Marjorie ...
Themselves - dancers
Martin H. Kennelly ...
Robert R. McCormick ...
Charles Dawes ...
Karl Eitel ...
Otto Eitel ...
Ernie Byfield ...


This Traveltalks visit to Chicago looks at some hotels known for their evening entertainment and for the rich and famous people who come to their dining rooms. Featured are the Walnut Room of the Bismarck Hotel, the Ambassador Hotel's Pump Room, and the boardwalk at the Edgewater Beach Hotel. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Documentary | Short






Release Date:

27 November 1948 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Pop Goes the Weasel
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So, Here Are Some Chicago Hotels
6 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

James A. Fitzpatrick must have made over a hundred of these documentary shorts. This is about the 10th or 11th I've seen. They run the gamut, from the mildly boring, to the incredibly boring. This is one of most boring I've seen. In Night Life in Chicago we are taken on a trip through various Chicago hotels and their popular floor shows. We are introduced to many of the fascinating people who frequent these shows, like Charles Dawes, who was vice President of the USA sometime in the 1920's. I don't think anybody remembered him when this short came out in 1948, and he's certainly no less memorable today (eye roll).

And here we are in another show room (let's call it The Money Waster), and here are some women in garish costumes thrashing around on stage to the dulcet tones of Chip Dickweed and his Band of the Undead. Now on to the Pump Room, where more women in garish costumes bang into each other on stage to the music of some other, nameless local band. And if that is not entertaining enough for you, here's 90 seconds of film showing Pump Room waiters serving food and pouring water. Fascinating. Then we get to see a horse hop around in step with Pop Goes The Weasle. If I ever wanted to visit Chicago, this short has convinced me not to go.

When you went to the movies back in the 1940's, you got a cartoon, a short or two, like this one, a movie, then a full second feature (and if my Dad is to be believed, this all cost you only a nickle, and they gave you six cents change). Nobody went to the movies to see these shorts, but they filled time. When these shorts are shown on TCM, you might wonder why everyone didn't show up late to theaters in the '40's. I'll tell you why; it's because it was 110 degrees outside and theaters were the only places that had the new, modern, air conditioning.

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