πŸŽ₯ In Old Chicago – 1938

The Story …

The O’Leary family are traveling to Chicago to start a new life when Patrick O’Leary tries to race a steam train in his wagon.

He is killed when his wagon hits a bump and his horses break loose, dragging him. His wife Molly and their three boys are left to survive on their own.

In town she agrees to prove her skills as a laundress when a woman’s dress is accidentally spattered with mud. She quickly proves herself and builds a laundry business in an area known as “the Patch”.

Her sons are educated. One, Jack, becomes a reforming lawyer, but another, Dion, is involved in gambling. While washing a sheet, Mrs. O’Leary discovers a drawing, apparently created by Gil Warren, a devious local businessman.

Her sons realize that it reveals that he has a plan to run a tramline along a street that he and his cronies intend to buy up cheaply …

Dion becomes enamored with a feisty saloon-bar singer, Belle, who works for Warren. After a stormy courtship they become lovers. Meanwhile, Bob, the youngest O’Leary son, who helps his mother, is in love with Gretchen, an innocent German girl.

They meet in the barn watched by the O’Leary’s cow Daisy and plan to marry. Mrs. O’Leary approves of the match, but expresses disdain for the loose-living Belle.

Dion and Belle bribe the local politicians to set up a saloon on the street where the tramline will pass. Dion makes a deal to support Warren’s political career and carve up business in the town. However, Dion’s dishonest practices lead to conflict with his brother Jack when one of Dion’s cronies is arrested for multiple voting.

Dion later decides to support his brother rather than Warren in the election, convinced he can cut out Warren altogether and reign-in Jack’s reformist zeal. He is increasingly attracted by the daughter of the corrupt local senator, leading to conflicts with Belle. Bob and Gretchen marry and have a baby.

At a Warren election rally a fight breaks out, arranged by Dion. All Warren’s election workers are arrested. Jack is elected mayor. He soon announces a campaign against corruption, targeting his brother’s fiefdom in the Patch, which he intends to demolish. Belle and Dion separate when Jack asks her to support him.

When he realizes Belle might testify against him, Dion asks her to marry him, making her testimony inadmissible. As mayor, Jack marries the couple, but knocks Dion out in a fist fight as soon he realizes he has been deceived.

Mrs. O’Leary is told about the fight while helping Daisy’s calf to suckle. In her distress, she leaves a lamp in the barn, and Daisy knocks it over. A fire breaks out. Soon the whole of the Patch is on fire. Dion, Warren and their cronies are convinced that Jack has set the fire. Warren’s men look for Jack, seeking revenge. Advised by Philip Sheridan, Jack plans to create a firebreak by dynamiting buildings to stop the fire reaching the gasworks, but Warren’s gang try to stop him.

When Dion learns from Bob how the fire really started, he rushes to Jack’s aid. In the struggle, Jack and Dion fight off the gang and set off the dynamite, but Jack is shot by one of Warren’s thugs and then killed by a falling building. Warren attempts to flee but is trampled to death by stampeding cattle from the stockyards.

Dion and Bob help to save Gretchen and the baby, while Belle rescues Mrs O’Leary. They all manage to escape to the river. Belle and Dion are reconciled, and Mrs. O’Leary predicts that the city will be rebuilt and flourish after her son’s sacrifice for its future.

Credits :

  • Directed by : Henry King
  • Written by : Niven Busch
  • Screenplay by : Sonya Levien and Lamar Trotti
  • Produced by : Darryl F. Zanuck and Kenneth Macgowan
  • Cinematography : J. Peverell Marley
  • Edited by : Barbara McLean
  • Music by : Sidney Clare and Lew Pollack
  • Production Company : Darryl F. Zanuck
  • Productions Distributed by : 20th Century Fox
  • Release Date : January 6, 1938

Cast :

  • Tyrone Power as Dion O’Leary
  • Alice Faye as Belle Fawcett
  • Don Ameche as Jack O’Leary
  • Alice Brady as Mrs. Molly O’Leary
  • Phyllis Brooks as Ann Colby
  • Andy Devine as Pickle Bixby
  • Brian Donlevy as Gil Warren
  • Tom Brown as Bob O’Leary
  • Berton Churchill as Senator Colby
  • Sidney Blackmer as General Phil Sheridan
  • J. Anthony Hughes (de) as Patrick O’Leary
  • Paul Hurst as ‘Mitch’ Mitchell
  • June Storey as Gretchen O’Leary
  • Gene Reynolds as Young Dion
  • Eddie Collins as Drunk
  • Billy Watson as Young Jack
  • Spencer Charters as Commissioner W.J. Beavers
  • Rondo Hatton as Rondo
  • Charles Lane as Booking Agent
  • Francis Ford as Driver
  • Gustav von Seyffertitz as Dutch
  • Russell Hicks as Politician
  • Scotty Mattraw as Beef King
  • Larry Steers as Belle’s Admirer
  • Harry Tenbrook as Hub Patron

Film Information Source :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Old_Chicago

Copyright Protected :

ALL RIGHTS TO THIS MOVIE REMAIN WITH THE OWNERS

GENRE : #DRAMA-MOVIE

Support MovieMagic

SUBSCRIBE

MOVIE NEWSLETTER

If you would like to be kept informed about our growing classic movie community, simply subscribe to our periodical newsletter.
MovieMagic