Period Documentary “Love Under Fire” Tells the Story Behind “Mr. Selfridge”


Missing Downton Abbey? Suffering from Mr. Selfridge withdrawal? Love Under Fire just might cure what ails you.

Love Under Fire: The Story of Bertha and Potter Palmer, which premiered on WTTW11 Chicago in March, tells the inspirational true story of Chicago’s first power couple, Bertha and Potter Palmer, who were instrumental in helping Chicago rise from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire.

In celebration of Bertha Palmer’s birthday on May 22, Corn Bred Films is releasing Love Under Fire for streaming and download exclusively on Reelhouse at  A DVD version is also available at and at Merz Downtown, located at the front entrance of The Palmer House hotel.  The film is also playing in every room at The Palmer House.

“Period dramas like Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge have captured our imaginations and our hearts. Love Under Fire is the perfect primer for turn of the century life that gives you some of the history behind Mr. Selfridge and documents one of the greatest love stories in our country’s history,” says director and producer Amelia Dellos of Corn Bred Films.

The online release of the documentary completes what Corn Bred Films is calling phase one of a planned three phase project.  The second phase, mounting a stage play based on Dellos’ original screenplay “Courting Bertha,” is currently underway.  Phase three, a feature film, will follow.

“I’m excited to continue on this journey with Bertha and Potter,” says Dellos. “Whether it’s 1893 or 2013, the Palmers’ story is timeless.”


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