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Chicago Joe and the Showgirl (1990)

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During World War II, an American serviceman in London decides to impress his English girlfriend by acting as an American gangster, which soon turns deadly.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Lahr ...
Radio commentator
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Betty Jones
Liz Fraser ...
Mrs. Evans
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Harry Fowler ...
Morry
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Lenny Bexley
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Joyce Cook
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Customer
John Surman ...
Mr. Cook
Janet Dale ...
Mrs. Cook
John Dair ...
John
Stephen Hancock ...
Doctor
Hugh Millais ...
U.S. colonel
Harry Jones ...
Taxi driver
Alexandra Pigg ...
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In World War II London, Karl Hulten is an American serviceman and Betty Jones is an aspiring showgirl. When they meet, passion and desire fuel a dangerous fantasy: he is the big-time gangster named Chicago Joe; she is his glamorous moll. They go for a reckless drive, they steal a fur coat, each time she dares him to take a wilder risk, and each time he proves himself. Until their lust for excitement demands nothing short of going "all the way" - to murder. This is the shocking true story of two strangers who meet, mingle and lack into a dangerous world of their own. Written by Artisan Entertainment

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Attraction drew them together. Compulsion drew them to murder. See more »


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27 July 1990 (USA)  »

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Despite director Bernard Rose's frequent claims during the UK publicity campaign for the film that it was "the greatest British film ever made," the film was not only a major flop but one of the worst reviewed films of the year. See more »

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Features Double Indemnity (1944) See more »

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Cinema Organ Music
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Composed and Performed on cinema organ by Bill Davis
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Somewhat accurate, but incomplete and boring
21 March 2004 | by (Fort Lauderdale, FL U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I agree with Jack Sommersby's comment that the film was boring, although he probably knows more about directing than I. However, the film somewhat chronicles what happened in this case and I think that Keifer did an OK job of portraying Hulten. In my opinion, the film would have been much better if it had shown Hulten's and Jone's trial at the Old Bailey, his subsequent hanging at the Pentonville prison, and her being sent to Holloway prison for life.

Richard Clark has an excellent Web site that is just loaded with facts about the prison system and capital punishment in the U.K. going back to the early 18th century.

This film is nowhere near the calibre of "10 Rillington Place" and "Let Him Have It."


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