A sentimental look backward to Chicago of 1910, based on Ben Hecht's colorful journalistic memories, this film is at first directed with care and style, then slowly erodes into mindless slapstick for a predictable Hollywood ending. Bridges, playing the young Hecht, is shown at the Galena,
Illinois, Fourth of July celebration, where he is enamored of lucious Johnson, mistress of Chicago political bigwig Kennedy, who passes her off as his niece. Bridges later journeys to Chicago to seek his fame and fortune. A naive rube, he gets his pocket picked and is soon so hungry that he steals
a little girl's ice cream cone. While fleeing the scene of the crime, he is almost r...