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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, it's all something of a gamble. Written by
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Snappy, fast-paced satire with terrific Rogers performance.
It's a wonder Ginger didn't get an Oscar nom out of this. Her Roxie is a creation above and beyond all else in her career - a brilliant characterization of a dumb, yet savvy, amoral narcissist in this clever satire on judicial corruption - Chicago, circa 1927. Menjou is a bit too old for Billy Flynn but plays him well - wouldn't John Barrymore have been perfect. George Chandler plays fall-guy husband, Amos, to perfection. Wellman's direction is fast-paced and snappy. It breezes by in one and a quarter hours. A lot of fun. Originally a play, CHICAGO, and filmed as a silent in 1927. Subsequently the source for Fosse, Kander and Ebb's brilliant 1975 musical vaudeville of the same name.
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