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Cecil B. DeMille
Based on a true crime story, the movie is about a wild jazz-loving and boozing wife Roxie Hart who kills her boyfriend in cold blood after he leaves her, and how she finagles her way out being convicted. Remade once as a movie, and as a Broadway musical. Written by
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Phyllis Haver stars here as Roxie Hart in a story based on a hit Broadway play from 1927. Just about everyone is familiar with the story. Roxie plugs her lover and tries to pin it on her sap of a husband Amos. But while in jail she becomes a tabloid queen, especially after lawyer Billy Flynn enters the picture. He's an expert on law and headlines, especially after he gets his $5,000.
Haver, who looks a lot like Laura La Plante here) is terrific as the hard-boiled Roxie as she learns the ropes in prison and in the court room. Haver never misses a comic or ironic beat. Victor Varconi plays the hapless Amos, but he has a whole subplot here that's not in the famous musical versions of this play. Billy is played by Robert Edeson, the matron is played by May Robson, and Casley is played by Eugene Palette. There is no Velma Kelly in this story but Roxie's rival in prison, who is unnamed, is played by Julia Faye.
The film was produced by Cecil B. DeMille and although Frank Urson gets credit for direction, many think the film was directed by DeMille.
This new DVD release by Flicker Alley is a gorgeous print with solid music by the Mont Alto Orchestra. The sound effects are amusing.
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