A huge-budget drama released by Fox Studios in 1937 in response to MGMs historical-disaster film SAN FRANCISCO, IN OLD CHICAGO is a fictionalised account of Chicagos Great Fire of 1871. Mrs. OLearys (Alice Brady, MY MAN GODFREY) two sons couldnt be more different: Jack (Don Ameche, HEAVEN CAN WAIT) is a lawyer in the running to become the mayor of the city, while Dion (Tyrone Power) is a powerful force in the less-reputable echelons of town. In addition to the divergent paths their lives have taken, the brothers are also in love with the same woman, beautiful singer Belle Fawcett (Alice Faye, HELLO, FRISCO, HELLO), whose choice between the brothers only intensifies their rivalry. The feud comes to a head just before Mother OLearys famous cow knocks over the fateful lantern, and in the ensuing chaos of the fire, the brothers join forces to salvage the city. Both tragedy and redemption visit the OLeary family in a dramatic climax that features some stunning special effects footage of the consuming fire, which won the film a 1938 nomination for Best Picture.
Release Date: 17 April 2006
Certificate: U - Universal - Suitable for all
Running Time: 91 minutes
Production Year: 1937
Main Language: English
Don't let its age put you off.
An excellent dramatic and sometimes moving account of the famous fire which caused a rebirth of this famous city.