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DVD: Roxie Hart (1942)
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April 20, 2004



Genre: Comedy / Drama  
A dancer, with her eyes firmly aimed at a grander career & greater fame, becomes involved in a high-profile murder case, with herself incarcerated as the lovable killer.  



Directed by:

William A. Wellman
Screenplay by: Nunnally Johnson
Music by: Alfred Newman
Produced by: Nunnally Johnson

Ginger Rogers,  Adolphe Menjou,  George Montgomery,  Lynne Overman,  Nigel Bruce,  Phil Silvers,  Sara Allgood,  William Frawley,  Spring Byington,  Ted North,  Helene Reynolds

Film Length: 74 mins
Process/Ratio: 1.33 :1
Black & White
Anamorphic DVD: No
Languages:   English (Mono),  English (Pseudo-Stereo)
Subtitles:   English
Special Features :  

2 Theatrical trailers for "Roxie Hart", plus "All That Jazz", "The Commitments", "The Rose", "The Sound Of Music" and "Star!"

Comments :

Originally filmed as a silent in 1927, Maureen Dallas Watkins' play was later adapted by veteran 20th Century Fox scribe Nunnally Johnson, with Ginger Rogers as the wise-cracking, gum-chewing murderess. Produced in 1942, the film marked a period when the actress was moving away from her iconic persona as a romantic interest in several elegant musicals with Fred Astaire, and William Wellman's snappy direction keeps the crazy dialogue moving at a rapid pace. (Note brief running time.)

20th Century Fox's transfer is very nice, taken from a decent print, with good grey levels preserving Leon Shamroy's cinematography. In addition to the original mono sound mix, there's an acceptable quasi- stereo remix.

Included are the film's teaser ("She's as demure as a lady of dynamite!") and original theatrical trailer.

Watkins' play was subsequently adapted as a Broadway musical by Bob Fosse, whose daring choreography was retained for


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