In Old Chicago

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In Old Chicago ★★★ 1937

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 powerbroking 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 20minute sequence. Based on the story “We the O'Learys” by Niven Busch. 115m/ B VHS, DVD . Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Alice Brady, Andy Devine, Brian Donlevy, Phyllis Brooks, Tom Brown, Sidney Blackmer, Gene Reynolds, Berton Churchill, Bobs Watson; D: Henry King; W: Lamar Trotti, Sonya Levien. Oscars ‘37: Support. Actress (Brady).