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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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Taglines:

A girl who could do no wrong -- but brother, how she tried! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1942 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

La folle histoire de 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

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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: The streets of this city are congested with women that Billy has saved from their just desserts.
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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

Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)
Written by Fred Fisher
Played during the opening and closing credits
Also sung by an off-screen vocal group
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Light but Fun
25 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Roxie Hart (1942)

*** (out of 4)

Fast paced comedy about a showgirl (Ginger Rogers) who admits to a murder she didn't commit just so she can get her name in the media. This story was previously made in 1927 as Chicago and it was later turned into the Oscar-winner Chicago in 2002. As for this film, it's fun from start to finish and the 75-minute running time flashes by without any dull moments. The true highlight here is Ginger Rogers who is downright brilliant as Roxie. Not only does Rogers perfectly capture all of the character's wit, she also brings a fair portion of sexuality to the role even though most of it ended up getting cut due to the Hayes Office. The supporting cast is full of terrific character actors and they all add great supporting. Adolphe Menjou is wonderful as the showbiz lawyer who wants to turn the trial into something like a movie production. George Montgomery, Nigel Bruce and Phil Silvers.


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