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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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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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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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28 May 1942 (Mexico)  »

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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 the later musical (Chicago (2002)) versions are more faithful to the original 1926 play. See more »

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During the trial, the jury foreman, O'Malley, asks Roxie a question. He is sitting straight up at the time. As Roxie answers, the camera pans out. O'Malley is bent over with his arms leaning on the railing and now moves slowly back to an upright position. See more »

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Jake Callahan: Honey, I keep tellin' ya, this county wouldn't hang Lucrezia Borgia.
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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, Ted North and others in the jail
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ROXIE HART (William A. Wellman, 1942) ***
24 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

This is surely among Ginger Rogers' more popular vehicles but, ironically, one she almost did not appear in – since, being a Fox production, it was originally intended for their resident star Alice Faye (but the latter became pregnant and had to bail out: she would, in any case, have been wrong for the part). The film, of course, is based on the play "Chicago" – already filmed as a Silent in 1927 and later musicalized, resulting in the surprise Best Picture Oscar winner of 2002. Anyway, Rogers (with rather unbecoming dark hair) is the titular character who confesses to a murder on realizing this will give her the exposure she so desires!; our heroine then secures the services of a notorious shyster lawyer (energetically played by Adolphe Menjou) – since she clearly does not plan to hang for the crime – not to mention constant press coverage of the whole cause celebre (young George Montgomery actually recounts the tale, complete with a nice final twist, in flashback). The latter stages of the film's succinct and briskly-paced 75 minutes (the pared-down script is by Nunnally Johnson) are taken up by the trial – which versatile director Wellman milks for all its comic absurdity (especially given the image-conscious judge and a gullible jury swayed as much by Menjou's various ruses as Rogers' unabashed exploitation of her own sexuality). ROXIE HART has an agreeably polished look to it besides, making for an altogether sparkling entertainment package...which, according to an Italian film magazine of some years ago, was also numbered among Stanley Kubrick's 10 all-time favorite movies!!


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