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After her husband shoots a burglar in their apartment, Roxie Hart (Ginger Rogers) is talked into pretending she did it by a newsman and a theatrical agent who promise to sign her for a vaudeville tour. Realizing she'll become a household name overnight, Roxie agrees and becomes the center of an outrageous trial.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Director : William A. Wellman
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 15 minutes
- Release date : April 20, 2004
- Actors : Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, George Montgomery, Lynne Overman, Nigel Bruce
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English
- Producers : Nunnally Johnson
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Unqualified
- Studio : 20th Century Fox
- ASIN : B0001FR54S
- Writers : Ben Hecht, Maurine Dallas Watkins, Nunnally Johnson
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #58,633 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Alternately you can take a deep cleansing breath and enjoy this movie. It is fun.
Plot: This guy gets killed. In this version Roxie Hart (Ginger Rogers) is more or less innocent, but takes the fall in the hopes of turning her notoriety into a dancing career.
As the star of the murder story of the century, or until the next murder of the century, she quickly becomes the sweetheart of the prison and the darling of the press. There is a parallel story about Homer Howard (George Montgomery) the one reporter who digs out the real story and tells it as flashback but mostly his character is a drag on everything. His foil is cynical and senior reporter Jake Callahan (Lynne Overman). Jake gets to say all the things we wish we were smart enough to have said.
Amos Hart (George Chandler) the disposable husband sells everything to get the great and even more cynical lawyer Billy Flynn (Adolphe Menjou) as Roxie's defense lawyer.
What follows is a classic media and court room circus. Remember this is a 1942 movie. I do mean Classic.
If you have only seen Ginger Rogers as a sophisticated actress and brilliant dancer, her Roxie Hart will give you an entirely new appreciation for her acting chops. Her every gum chewing, cheaply coiffed (deliberately low class hair style) close up and her hardly sly efforts to show some leg add to the comic proportions of this movie. Overall, it is not fair to compare the most recent musical Chicago to this movie, but the short tap dance on the stairs by Miss Rogers is at once more eloquent and better for its movie than the over choreographed limp "I Cant Do it Alone" serves in the newer productions.
Adolphe Menjou's is a brilliant Billy Flynn. He plays the slimy lawyer straight, but with nice small comic flourishes and grand movie lawyer gestures. Younger views may pick up that this Flynn is the model for Futurama's Hyper Chicken lawyer.
If you want the history behind this inter-generational, multi-media "based on a true story" story , read: The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers who Inspired Chicago
If you want a funny, entertainment - "the way they used to make them", get and watch Roxie Hart.
Ginger Rogers does an excellent job portraying the rather vulgar & low-brow, but very appealing Roxie Hart, who is being judged for shooting a man, something she, in fact, didn't do...but, which oddly enough, she must pretend she did, in order to gain public notoriety & "stardom", in the late `20s Chicago!
She has to convince a Jury (integrated by men-only) to acquit her not-guilty, the poor young thing! (Rogers), helpless, shy, "demure", ...she just had to fight for "her honor"....and in the process she (hilariously) displays (in front of the Jury) many-a-smile and lots of "legs" (and batting eyelashes too!), to obtain it!!
Adolphe Menjou is excellent as her attorney, the "best in town", guiding her through all kind of schemes to gain both the acquittal and the press-coverage she so desperately needs to show "her talents" and become a "public name"...BTW, you have to watch Rogers dance the blackbottom!
George Montgomery is good as a young reporter who falls for Roxie, and the rest of the cast is filled with great character actors like Lynne Overman, Nigel Bruce, Spring Byington, William Frawley, Sara Allgood, Phil Silvers,...all of whom give expert and flawless performances.
The story was filmed before as a silent in 1927, as "Chicago", with Phyllis Haver as Roxie Hart.
Fox's DVD edition is great, giving us a great, sharp, crisp (in glorious Black & white) copy of the film.
Top reviews from other countries
I first watched it in the 1970s with a friend and we were expecting very little but ended up laughing out loud at the clever script and excellent delivery. I've most recently watched it with my partner, who despairs at times of my love for old black & white films but loved this - he thought it much better than Chicago.