Roxie Hart (TCF 1942, Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou)

Roxie Hart

Ginger Rogers delivers the laughs – and the legs – in this high-spirited adaptation of the stage production that was the basis for the Bob Fosse musical “Chicago” and a 1927 silent. Rogers plays the title character, a publicity-seeking dance-hall girl in the Roaring ’20s who gladly takes the rap for a murder her husband (George Chandler) commits in order to boost her career.

Defense attorney Adolphe Menjou sways the jury with Ginger’s gams and gum-snapping sex appeal. Action master Wellman makes this fly. George Chandler appeared in other William Wellman films before Roxie Hart but so impressed the director in the 1942 comedy that Wellman promised him a role in The Great Man’s Lady (1942). The pair would go on to collaborate on 13 more films.

Ginger Rogers as Roxie Hart
Adolphe Menjou as Billy Flynn
George Montgomery as Homer Howard
Lynne Overman as Jake Callahan
Nigel Bruce as E. Clay Benham
Phil Silvers as Babe
Sara Allgood as Mrs. Morton
William Frawley as O’Malley
Spring Byington as Mary Sunshine
Ted North as Stuart Chapman
Helene Reynolds as Velma Wall
George Chandler as Amos Hart
Charles D. Brown as Charles E. Murdock
Morris Ankrum as Martin S. Harrison
George Lessey as Judge Cannon

crew details
Director: William Wellman
Screenplay: Nunnally Johnson
Play: Chicago by Maurine Watkins
Director of Photography: Leon Shamroy
Music: Alfred Newman

production details
Country: USA
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Year of Release: 1942
Duration: 115 minutes

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