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Roxie Hart (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 28 May 1942 (Mexico)
Roxie Hart signs a murder confession in order to attract publicity for her dancing career as dames don't swing in Cook County. Will everything go as planned?

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Babe
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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 Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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28 May 1942 (Mexico)  »

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Absolut oskyldig!  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original play 'Chicago' opened at the Music Box Theater on December 30, 1926 was directed by George Abbot and ran for 172 performances. See more »

Quotes

Babe: Well hush my big black mouth!
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Soundtracks

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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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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