In Old Chicago Movie Review 1937

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The O'Leary family travels to Chicago to seek their fortune, with mom working as a washerwoman to support her sons. Brothers Power and Ameche become power-broking rivals and when mom comes to break up a brawl between the two, she neglects to properly restrain the family cow. This leads to the great Chicago fire of 1871, supposedly started when the cow kicks over a latern and sets the barn ablaze. The city burns down in a spectacular 20-minute sequence. Based on the story "We the O'Learys" by Niven Busch.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 115 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Historical Drama, Period Piece: 19th Century, Disaster Flicks, Fires, Adapted from a Story
Lamar Trotti, Sonya Levien
Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Alice Brady, Andy Devine, Brian Donlevy, Phyllis Brooks, Tom Brown, Sidney Blackmer, Gene Reynolds, Berton Churchill, Bobs Watson
Henry King
Darryl F. Zanuck, 20th Century-Fox


Oscars 1937: Support. Actress (Brady).

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