Oscar Movies: In Old Chicago


Oscar Nominations: 6

Best Picture, produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and Kenneth MacGowan
Original Story: Niven Busch
Supporting Actress: Alice Brady
Assistant Director: Robert Webb
Sound Recording: E. H. Hansen
Score: Louis Silvers, head of Fox Music Department

Oscar Awards: 2
Supporting Actress
Assistant Director

Oscar Context
In 1937, nine other movies competed with “In Old Chicago” for Best Picture, including Warner's biopic, “The Life of Emile Zola,” which won, Leo McCarey's marital comedy “The Awful Truth” with six nominations, and Gregory La Cava's backstage drama, “Stage Door,” with four. The other nominees were: William Wyler's social drama set in a New York City slum, “Dead End,” Frank Capra's utopian comedy “Lost Horizon,” and Henry King's adventure “In Old Chicago,” The first version of “A Star Is Born,” “The Good Earth,” “In Old Chicago,” and the Deana Durbin vehicle, “One Hundred Men and a Girl.”

Next to Life of Emile Zola, the most-nominated films were Fox's adventure “In Old Chicago” and “A Star Is Born.” Only one of the ten nominated pictures was a comedy, Leo McCarey's sublime screwball, “The Awful Truth,” co-starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne at their very best.

The Oscars were spread among eight films; the only two pictures that didn't win any award were “Dead End” and “Stage Door.”

The Original Story Oscar was won by William A. Wellman and Robert Carson for “A Star Is Born,” the Sound Award by Thomas Moulton for “The Hurricane,” and the Score Oscar by Charles Previn for “One Hundred Men and a Girl.”