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Roxie Hart (1942)

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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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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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The low-down story of a high-class gal! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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9 October 1942 (Portugal)  »

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Absolut oskyldig!  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

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 »

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 »

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Version of Chicago (1927) 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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Very enjoyable -- Worth a look for Any Ginger Rogers fan
1 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just purchased the DVD of "Roxie Hart"- In my opinion it is not a classic film. The direction seems a bit clunky, and it takes a bit to get a feel for the movie.

Once that has been conquered, it is really a great ride, particularly for Ginger Rogers fans. It really is a tour-Der-force for her, and she's able to demonstrate her comic ability. She also has a couple of dance numbers, one of which is a tap piece that would make anyone appreciate her talent. It may be short, but it's great to watch.

Time and countless remakes have taken the bite out of the satire part of the film. The best way to approach it is as a straight comedy.

As such, it works very well. In fact, I was reminded of the "To War" segment of the Marx Brother's Duck Soup when the press corp broke into dancing the Black Bottom (don't get me wrong -- no comedy can cast a shadow on that classic) If you don't like Ginger Rogers, this won't change your mind. But even a casual fan should enjoy this.

The DVD picture and sound are really pristine, with rich black and white and clear audio.


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