In Old Chicago
In Old Chicago (1937)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1937
DVD Release Date: August 9, 2005
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

As a film entertainment it is socko.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Under Henry King's direction there is little of the old Fox pep.

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Christopher Null

can't hold our interest for much more than five minutes

Time Out

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.

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TV Guide

Chicago makes up in atmosphere and color what it lacks in historical accuracy.

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Nothing extraordinary in retrospect, but it is genial enough.

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New York Times

Mr. King's direction, occasionally, is inspired, and the photography has unusual style and dramatic impact.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

Like San Francisco, events sort of just happen and allegiances just sort of shift around to stall time before the grand finale.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This film feels somewhat lost among the Hollywood gems of the thirties, though it was nominated for several Academy Awards, and lent to one of the biggest… More
Aj V
Sure it's an epic historical movie, but that doesn't mean it has to be boring! Good actors, but the movie could have been a lot better.
John Ballantine
The story of a cow and all the problems it caused by burning down a major city. This was an early attempt to create a disaster film and there simply wasn't… More