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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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The Broadway play, "Chicago," which inspired this film, 1942's Roxie Hart (1942), and the Tony-award winning musical and Oscar-winning 2002 film, was based on a true story. The characters of Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly were inspired by the real-life cases of two Chicago women -- Beaulah Annan and Belva Gaertner -- who each murdered their lovers in 1924. Both women were tried in separate cases, which became media sensations in Chicago, and both were acquitted. Playwright Maurine Dallas Watkins covered both trials as a reporter for the "Chicago Tribune," and adapted her experiences into the play, "Chicago." See more »
Long before the musical and long before the musical film, this property had a successful run in three incarnations - first as a Broadway play in the mid-twenties, then as a late silent film in 1927, and finally as the talkie, ROXIE HART, starring Ginger Rogers.
The 1927 film, though seemingly unavailable in any private collection I have come across, does still exist. UCLA, according to a noted archivist and expert on lost films, owns a copy, although I do not find it listed in their online database. Also the George Eastman House of Photography in Ithaca, NY owns a copy. Both UCLA and the Eastman House allow private viewings of their films through pre-arranged appointments in writing. One wishes someone had brought this out on the same disc as the recently DVD'd ROXIE HART to give us both film experiences.
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