Sunday, March 13, 2011

In Old Chicago (1937)

This movie is remarkably similar to 1936's San Francisco. So similar, in fact, I'm really surprised that this one earned a best picture nomination as well. Both deal with a growing major city and end with the major disasters that devastated those young cities. Both feature main characters with political aspirations who own night clubs. Both involve a romance with the girl who stars at the night club and the rivalries between men over the girls, politics, and economics of all of it.

The legendary source of the Chicago fire of 1871 was a cow owned by the O'Leary family knocking over a lantern. The film takes the O'Leary name and makes them major players in the city at the time.

In Old Chicago isn't a bad movie, but watch San Francisco instead.

75 to go...

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