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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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The parts of Roxie and Velma were based on real people whose murder trials took place in 1924. Beulah Annan was the real life Roxie and Belva Gaertner was the real life Velma. Billy Flynn's real life counterpart was famed Chicago Shyster, W.W. O'Brien. See more »
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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