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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?

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson (written for the screen by), Maurine Dallas Watkins (play) (as Maurine Watkins)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ginger Rogers ... Roxie Hart
Adolphe Menjou ... Billy Flynn
George Montgomery ... Homer Howard
Lynne Overman ... Jake Callahan
Nigel Bruce ... E. Clay Benham
Phil Silvers ... Babe
Sara Allgood ... Mrs. Morton
William Frawley ... O'Malley
Spring Byington ... Mary Sunshine
Ted North ... Stuart Chapman
Helene Reynolds ... Velma Wall
George Chandler ... Amos Hart
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Charles E. Murdock
Morris Ankrum ... Martin S. Harrison
George Lessey ... Judge Cannon
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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 {J-26}

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The gal who became a national pastime! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

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Trivia

The original play 'Chicago' opened at the Music Box Theater on December 30, 1926 was directed by George Abbot and ran for 172 performances. 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

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 »


Soundtracks

Pretty Baby
Music by Egbert Van Alstyne and Tony Jackson
Played during the newspaper montage at the beginning
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Watch this before or after seeing "Chicago"
12 January 2003 | by backseat-2See all my reviews

Here is a fast paced and sassy treatment of the same true story that inspired the recent movie musical "Chicago" with Zeta-Jones and Zellweger. I have great admiration for Ginger Rogers, so when I saw Chicago I went straight to the library and borrowed this one.

The remarkable thing is that the makers of Chicago clearly studied this film in great detail. Both movies come from the same book and stage play, so the commonality in dialogue is easily explained, but the sets and costumes and camera angles are virtually identical.

With the exception of one song and dance number in Roxie Hart (which incidentally is NOT in Chicago), and a quick tap dance later on, this is NOT a musical. It stays in the real world and does not constantly segue to fantasy musical versions of the events in Roxie's mind, as Chicago does. Accordingly, it has more straight dialogue, and what witty dialogue it is! Had me laughing start to finish.

This is also a good chance to see some old character actors in their prime, doing what they do best.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1942 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Roxie Hart See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,398,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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