In Old Chicago Overview:

In Old Chicago (1937) was a Action - Drama Film directed by Henry King and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and Kenneth Macgowan.

Academy Awards 1937 --- Ceremony Number 10 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActressAlice BradyWon
Best Music - Scoring20th Century-Fox Studio Music Department, Louis Silvers, head of department (no composer credit)Nominated
Best Picture20th Century-FoxNominated
Best WritingNiven BuschNominated
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THE COSTUME DRAMA BLOGATHON: In Old Chicago (1938)

on Sep 6, 2019 From Caftan Woman

The Costume Drama Blogathon is the brainchild of Debbie Vega of Moon in Gemini and it runs from September 6th to the 8th. Click HERE for all the sublime designs and stories. "We O'Learys are a strange tribe. There's strength in us. And what we set out to do, we finish." - Alice Brady (Oscar w... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: IN OLD CHICAGO (1937)

By Jennifer Garlen on Feb 3, 2015 From Virtual Virago

Mrs. O'Leary and her troublesome cow make their obligatory appearance in this 20th Century Fox tale of urban disaster, which lets the viewer know up front that In Old Chicago (1937) is more a fable than a history lesson. Like the earlier San Francisco (1936), this picture sets a very personal story ... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: IN OLD CHICAGO (1937)

By Jennifer Garlen on Feb 3, 2015 From Virtual Virago

Mrs. O'Leary and her troublesome cow make their obligatory appearance in this 20th Century Fox tale of urban disaster, which lets the viewer know up front that In Old Chicago (1937) is more a fable than a history lesson. Like the earlier San Francisco (1936), this picture sets a very personal story ... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: IN OLD CHICAGO (1937)

By Jennifer Garlen on Feb 3, 2015 From Virtual Virago

Mrs. O'Leary and her troublesome cow make their obligatory appearance in this 20th Century Fox tale of urban disaster, which lets the viewer know up front that In Old Chicago (1937) is more a fable than a history lesson. Like the earlier San Francisco (1936), this picture sets a very personal story ... Read full article


In Old Chicago (1937)

By Beatrice on Oct 19, 2013 From Flickers in Time

In Old Chicago Directed by Henry King Written by Lamar Trotti and Sylvia Levien based on a story by Niven Busch 1937/USA Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation presents Daryll F. Zanuck Productions First viewing I was not crazy about this big-budget answer to 1936′s smash hit San Francisco, de... Read full article


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Publicity ads stated that Niven Busch's story was entitled "We, the O'Leary's," but legal records indicate there was never such a story title. The fabrication was developed by someone at Twentieth Century-Fox well after the story and screenplay was completely written, thinking it would give the story a more catchy title.
This was Darryl F. Zanuck's riposte to the success of MGM's San Francisco. He tried to borrow Clark Gable and Jean Harlow for his production, but MGM head Louis B. Mayer refused to loan them out.
An early story outline was written by Richard Collins and based on the book "Barriers Burned Away" by Edward Payson Roe, which was the story of the Chicago fire. However, legal records state that none of Roe's novel was used in the final screenplay.
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