In Old Chicago Reviews
Dion O'Leary is a devious playboy with a hot girlfriend and free reign over 1867 Chicago. His brother, Jack O'Leary is a politician held in high regard in Chicago. Dion pulls some cards and helps Jack become mayor of the city; however, once Jack is in the big chair, he may not be able to allow his brother to have free reign over the city.
"You're mayor but I'm Chicago. Don't make me kick you out."
Henry King, director of Twelve O'Clock High, The Song of Bernadette, The Carousel, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Tender is the Night, The Earth is Mine, and The Sun also Rises, delivers In Old Chicago. The storyline for this picture is very interesting and contains fantastic characters. I adored the character development and how the story unfolds. The cast is magnificent and includes Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Andy Devine, and Brian Donlevy.
"Where is he going, anyway?"
"Where are any of us going?"
I DVR'd this picture because it stars one of my favorite actors, Tyrone Power. The film is fairly interesting and contains a unique storyline and depiction of Chicago. The film comes together wonderfully and the ultimate conclusion is climatic and a nice depiction of the city. This definitely isn't the best Tyrone Power movie but it is a good one.
"She's pretty...in a way."
Tyrone's part eventually saw him as the handsome rogue brother of Don Ameche. Alice Faye was quoted as saying of leads "All they did was change Don (Ameche) over here and Ty (Power) over there". Playing with friends and an understanding director, Henry King, the film became a huge success. It required a dramatic role for Alice. Her singing prowess was never in question.
Political rivalry between brothers Tyrone Power (Dion) as a likeable scoundrel and brother Don Ameche (Jack O'Leary) as good guy is the basis of the plot. Alice Faye is introduced as Belle Fawcett, a saloon singer who adds to the love friction between the brothers (and their mother) and financial interests of the excellent and devious Brian Donlevy.
Arriving as Irish immigrants to America, the boys did well under mother Molly O'Leary (Alice Brady) who set up her own domestic business before the growth and ambitions of her sons. After political intriguery and romance between Alice and Tyrone (forced but consensual!) the clashes between the brothers head to a climax. This leads to the famous cow and lantern kick over and the fire of Chicago. The scenes are spectacular with period details well attended to. The poignancy of the survivors hopefully seeking lives of their loved ones is touching and memorable. O'Leary family problems are resolved, one way or another. The special effects lend themselves to atmospheric climactic moments with the audience holding their breath as search for friends and family increase in anxiety and intensity.
Of course,as a saloon singer, Alice Faye provides musical interest. 'How Many Miles Back To London Town', 'I've Taken A Fancy To You', 'In Old Chicago', 'Carry Me Back To Old Virginny' are added to the lovely jig, 'The Irish Washerwoman'. Alice Brady took a supporting Oscar award. Monumental film. Brilliant.