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Chicago (1927)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 23 December 1927 (USA)
Based on a true crime story, the movie is about a wild jazz-loving and boozing wife Roxie Hart who kills her boyfriend in cold blood after he leaves her, and how she finagles her way out ... See full summary »

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Frank Urson

Writers:

Maurine Dallas Watkins (play), Lenore J. Coffee (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Phyllis Haver ... Roxie Hart
Victor Varconi ... Amos Hart
Virginia Bradford ... Katie
Robert Edeson ... William Flynn
Eugene Pallette ... Rodney Casley
Warner Richmond ... Asst. District Attorney
T. Roy Barnes ... Reporter
Clarence Burton Clarence Burton ... Police sergeant
Julia Faye ... Velma
May Robson ... Mrs. Morton - Matron
Viola Louie Viola Louie ... Two Gun Rosie
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Based on a true crime story, the movie is about a wild jazz-loving and boozing wife Roxie Hart who kills her boyfriend in cold blood after he leaves her, and how she finagles her way out being convicted. Remade once as a movie, and as a Broadway musical. Written by Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

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He loved his wife madly and slaved for her, but she repaid his devotion with treachery and when when he vainly sought to shoulder her crime, she upbraided and accused him of double-crossing her-the dramatic story of a jazz-crazed wife who slew then laughed at law and justice. (Print Ad- Daily News, ((Batavia, NY)) 16 April 1928) See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chicago ilusaim naismõrvar See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$264,397 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,053,300
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Rights to the Maurine Dallas Watkins play were bought by producer/director 'Cecil B. deMille' for $25,000. See more »

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excellent version of the famous story of Roxie Hart
16 December 2008 | by didi-5See all my reviews

I really liked this film, viewed from the UCLA print. Phyllis Haver, now all but forgotten, shines as Roxie Hart, a good time girl who despises her husband and seeks sugar daddies for fun. As soon as you see her pretending to sleep, having discarded her garter with bells attached, you know she's trouble.

So Roxie kills, and goes to jail, and because she's blonde and pretty, she's taken up by the media in this wild world of flappers and jazz. Those familiar with the musical film with Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones will be wondering 'where's Velma?' but that character isn't in the forefront at all. This film is all about Roxie, and, more than the musical version, to some extent about her cuckolded husband Amos. Here we see his point of view on several occasions, and even follow him in scenes where Roxie doesn't appear. Victor Varconi puts in a lovely performance as Amos in this film.

Haver might dominate the proceedings, and lights up what is already a fast-moving and effective bit of jazz fluff, but there's a good, if brief performance from Eugene Palette as well. As Casely he is very watchable indeed.

As this was a late silent, the acting styles are mainly naturalistic, and the fact that it does not have sound, only titles, doesn't matter a bit when it comes to following the story. Miss Haver acts her heart out anyway and you can feel her contempt, her fear, her desperation, just as you would if you could hear it.

A superior film, and one which occasionally makes it out for public showings. A great pity it isn't on DVD as it is extremely enjoyable and deserves a wider potential audience.


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