Monday, March 7, 2016

In Old Chicago (1937)

Academy Awards, USA 1938

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Alice Brady
Alice Brady's trophy was swiped by an impostor who came onstage to accept the award on the absent ... More
Best Assistant Director
Robert D. Webb
Best Picture
Best Writing, Original Story
Niven Busch
Best Sound, Recording
Edmund H. Hansen (20th Century-Fox SSD)
Best Music, Score
Louis Silvers (head of department)
No composer credit.

Twentieth Century-Fox Film
Directed by Henry King
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
(DVD, Fox)

Fictionalized backstory of the Chicago O'Leary family, owners of the infamous cow that started the Great Chicago fire of 1871. A widowed mother of three sons opens a successful laundromat in the city slums. One son grows up to be a respectable lawyer while another becomes a corrupt saloon owner who uses people for his own gain. The fire turns out to be retribution, or maybe the cow really did kick over that lantern. Forget historical accuracy and just enjoy the show, a well-made disaster epic.

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