In Old Chicago
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In Old Chicago was 20th Century-Fox's spin on MGM's San Francisco--a personal saga played out against the backdrop of a famous 19th Century disaster. Alice Brady plays Mrs. O'Leary, a widow who brings her two young boys to the sleepy village of Chicago. As the city grows in prominence and prestige, so do the boys: One son (Tyrone Power) becomes a rascal who dreams of creating his own entertainment empire, while the other son (Don Ameche) matures into an honest, straight-laced lawyer. Both boys woo a beautiful singer (Alice Faye), who favors the more reckless of the two. As the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"As a film entertainment it is socko."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Under Henry King's direction there is little of the old Fox pep."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"can't hold our interest for much more than five minutes"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"With a star-filled cast and a fitful sense of drama, it's pretty much the same old recipe as the equivalent cycle of megabudget '70s exploiters, but the climactic conflagration is certainly worth the wait."
‑ , Time Out
"Chicago makes up in atmosphere and color what it lacks in historical accuracy."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Nothing extraordinary in retrospect, but it is genial enough."
‑ , Film4
"Mr. King's direction, occasionally, is inspired, and the photography has unusual style and dramatic impact."
‑ , New York Times
"Zanuck's disaster film, part of cycle that includes Ford's superior Hurricane, is not as entertaining as MGM's San Francisco, but the set-pieces of crowds, riots, and cattle stampedes during the fire are impressive."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Like San Francisco, events sort of just happen and allegiances just sort of shift around to stall time before the grand finale."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
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