Roxie Hart (1942) 20th Century Fox
Directed by William A. Wellman
Starring: Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou & George Montgomery.
Taglines:"The low-down story of a high-class gal!"
Roxie Hart (Rogers) tries to a a way to start an ailing career in show business. Then finds that admiting for comitting the act of murder is the best publicity stunt she could have ever done! All of a sudden in Chicago she is the talk of the city and everyone wants Roxie Hart! Roxie thinks she is unotihcable due to the face that Chicago courts have never convicted any women to death of a crime though it is still a large risk to take! Roxie hires a shadey lawyer named Billy Flynn (Menjou) to ensure her safety when it comes to her day at court! This is one risk many would not take but for Roxie it is a one way ticket to celebrity and fame!
~ This film version would open doors to the Broadway stage production which would lend itself to the later musical adaptation.
~ Ginger Rogers is excellent as Roxie Hart and shows yet again that she has serious acting chops not just be pidgeon wholed into musicals!!