Review: ‘Roxie Hart’

Maurine Watkins' play [Chicago] of a girl who basks in the publicity spotlight for a brief period when accused of murder is broadly embellished via the screenplay by Nunnally Johnson and direction by William Wellman.

Maurine Watkins’ play [Chicago] of a girl who basks in the publicity spotlight for a brief period when accused of murder is broadly embellished via the screenplay by Nunnally Johnson and direction by William Wellman.

Picture aims solely for adult attention. Ginger Rogers is the girl who stands trial for murder committed by her husband, after getting buildup on publicity values by cynical crime reporter Lynne Overman. Banner-lined all over town, Roxie becomes an enthusiastic stooge for the press, court and slick mouthpiece (Adolphe Menjou).

Ginger Rogers does well as the tough girl who is dazzled by the sudden attention, but seems to overdo her characterization at several points. Menjou is excellent as the theatric and wily criminal mouthpiece who craftily steers the judge and jury to the proper verdict.

Roxie Hart

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director William A. Wellman; Producer Nunnally Johnson; Screenplay Nunnally Johnson; Camera Leon Shamroy; Editor James B. Clark; Music Alfred Newman

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1942. Running time: 72 MIN.

With

Ginger Rogers Adolphe Menjou George Montgomery Lynne Overman Nigel Bruce Phil Silvers
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