Directed by Henry King • 1938 • United States
Starring Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche
Welcome to nineteenth-century Chicago, where greed, corruption, and politics are inextricably entwined. While Jack O’Leary (Don Ameche) is elected mayor, his brother Dion (Tyrone Power) becomes a saloon owner, and the two clash bitterly over the city’s future. With Dion’s singer wife Belle (Alice Faye) as a pawn in their dispute, the rivalry escalates—until an epic disaster strikes the city. A spectacular recreation of the Great Chicago Fire provides the climax of this vivid period musical, which in its time was one of the most expensive films ever made.