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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 low-down story of a high-class gal! 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 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 »

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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Pretty Baby
Music by Egbert Van Alstyne and Tony Jackson
Played during the newspaper montage at the beginning
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Seen 'Chicago'? Enjoy the original.
30 September 2006 | by (London) – See all my reviews

It's a wonderful irony that the non-singing original Roxie Hart, so familiar from the stage show and movie of 'Chicago' was played by one of the top musical stars of the '30s - Ginger Rogers.

And how she sells it - she could so have topped Renee, good as she is, had the musical have been available then.

But the 'straight' play is well worth a look. Adolphe Menjou never disappoints, and gives the tastier Richard Gere a lesson in character acting.

Another in the wonderful, scathing films of my Hollywood at its best, satirising itself and the media, along with 'His Girl Friday', 'The Stand-in', and, in more serious vein, 'Citizen Kane'.


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