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In Old Chicago (1938)

Approved | | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dion O'Leary
... Belle Fawcett
... Jack O'Leary
... Molly O'Leary
... Pickle Bixby
... Gil Warren
... Ann Colby
... Bob O'Leary
... General Phil Sheridan
... Senator Colby
... Gretchen
... Edward (Mitch) Mitchell
Tyler Brooke ... Specialty Singer
... Patrick O'Leary
... Dion O'Leary as a Boy
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In 1854, the patriarch Patrick O'Leary of the O'Leary family dies in an accident nearby Chicago while traveling amid-western prairie. His wife Molly O'Leary raises her three sons alone working as laundress. Her son Jack becomes an idealistic lawyer; Dion is a gambler; and Bob helps his mother in the laundry business and marries local Gretchen (June Storey) in the old area known as The Patch. Dion meets the singer Belle Fawcett in the cabaret owned by Gil Warren and they fall in love with each other and become lovers. They also open a business of their own to compete with Gil that becomes their enemy. However Gil invites Dion to join the politics with him but Dion plots a scheme with tragic consequences. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

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1.37 : 1
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At 1:26:10, Gil's position on the house changes. See more »

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[repeated line]
Dion O'Leary: We O'Learys are a strange tribe.
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Sweet Genevieve
(1869) (uncredited)
Written by Henry Tucker
Lyrics by George Cooper
Played on a harmonium by Alice Brady and sung by her, Tyrone Power, Don Ameche,
Tom Brown and June Storey
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"We O'Learys Are A Strange Tribe."
11 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

This was the first of three films that teamed Tyrone Power and Alice Faye, the others being Alexander's Ragtime Band and Rose of Washington Square. In Old Chicago and Alexander's Ragtime Band also had Don Ameche in it. And it set a pattern, no way was Ameche going to get Faye when Power was on the scene.

Ty Power's roles in his Fox days fell in two Categories. He was either the total romantic hero or he was a hero/heel. In In Old Chicago he's the latter although Power usually has the heroic side win out in these parts, he's not above a little scheming. Power's Dion O"Leary both double crosses Brian Donlevy and marries Alice Faye not just because he loves her, but so she can't testify against him. But Ty's always a charming likable cuss and Ameche is always the straight arrow, but slightly dull rival and in this case, brother.

However the film is known for two things. It gave Alice Faye her first real notice as actress. Up to this point, she'd been a Jean Harlow wannabe right down to the platinum blonde hair. Here Faye gets those period costumes that she wore so well. It was the first of many successes in that genre.

The second thing is the grand special effects showing the burning of Chicago. Even almost 70 years later it's a spectacular sight.


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