Roxie Hart (1942)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  28 May 1942 (Mexico)
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To try and kick-start her show-business career, our heroine admits to a Chicago murder. But although Cook County don't seem to let dames swing, and even with top slippery lawyer Billy Flynn... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lynne Overman ...
Jake Callahan
E. Clay Benham
Ted North ...
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Helene Reynolds ...
George Chandler ...
Charles D. Brown ...
Charles E. Murdock
Morris Ankrum ...
Martin S. Harrison
George Lessey ...
Judge Cannon


To try and kick-start her show-business career, our heroine admits to a Chicago murder. But although Cook County don't seem to let dames swing, and even with top slippery lawyer Billy Flynn, it's all something of a gamble. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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A girl who could do no wrong -- but brother, how she tried! See more »


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Release Date:

28 May 1942 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Absolut oskyldig!  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The storyline had to be changed in this version in order to placate the Hays Commission code; both the silent (Chicago (1927)) and modern (Chicago (2002)) versions are more faithful to the original 1926 play. See more »


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This Picture is dedicated to all the beautiful women in the world who have shot their men full of holes out of pique. See more »


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Black Bottom
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Lew Brown and Buddy G. DeSylva
Played on the player piano and sung by George Montgomery
Also danced by Ginger Rogers, George Montgomery and others in the jail
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Watch this before or after seeing "Chicago"
12 January 2003 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Here is a fast paced and sassy treatment of the same true story that inspired the recent movie musical "Chicago" with Zeta-Jones and Zellweger. I have great admiration for Ginger Rogers, so when I saw Chicago I went straight to the library and borrowed this one.

The remarkable thing is that the makers of Chicago clearly studied this film in great detail. Both movies come from the same book and stage play, so the commonality in dialogue is easily explained, but the sets and costumes and camera angles are virtually identical.

With the exception of one song and dance number in Roxie Hart (which incidentally is NOT in Chicago), and a quick tap dance later on, this is NOT a musical. It stays in the real world and does not constantly segue to fantasy musical versions of the events in Roxie's mind, as Chicago does. Accordingly, it has more straight dialogue, and what witty dialogue it is! Had me laughing start to finish.

This is also a good chance to see some old character actors in their prime, doing what they do best.

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