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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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Storyline

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 gal who became a national pastime! See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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28 May 1942 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

La folle histoire de Roxie Hart  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The role of Roxie was intended for Alice Faye, but she fell pregnant and was unavailable. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jake Callahan: Honey, I keep tellin' ya, this county wouldn't hang Lucrezia Borgia.
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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 (2002) See more »

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Pretty Baby
Music by Egbert Van Alstyne and Tony Jackson
Played during the newspaper montage at the beginning
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Better than 'Chicago'
24 May 2004 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

This very entertaining movie goes a long way to show that Ginger Rogers was much more than a dancing partner for Fred Astaire. She displays wonderful comedic timing and delivery and shines in every scene. And, yes, she does do a little dancing. Adolph Menjou again displays his considerable talent and range as her attorney, though at times he is a bit over the top. George Montgomery was quite a pleasant surprise. The supporting cast is superb. Any viewer who has seen 'Chicago' must see this version of the Roxie Hart story. Granted it is shorter, but this film seems to move at a smarter pace. The dialogue was funnier and, to me, there were fewer slow spots than this century's version. Enjoy!


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