Thursday, September 24, 2009

Roxie Hart

Roxie Hart
[DVD Roxie]

Roxie Hart is the comedy/drama version of the musical 'Chicago.' In the Chicago of the roaring 20s, women seem to literally get away with murder. Roxie, who is innocent, agrees to be charged with murder: she'll get off and her budding theatrical career will take off. This film is quite funny and since Ginger Rogers is the star, she performs the Big Apple in one scene. The dance steps, of course, are quite polished and in keeping with her character. Unless you are an old film afficianado, the rest of the cast may not be as recognizable as Ginger, but watch the film anyway and enjoy their performances. Spring Byington as the reporter Mary Sunshine and Lynne Overman (who?, I hear you say) are quite good, especially Overman. Iris Adrian, who is always enjoyable to watch, is fine as hard-as-nails 2 Gun Gertie Baxter. Watch for Phil Silvers in a small role. William Frawley (Fred Mertz) is also in the cast. The pacing is great and the laughs keep coming. [If you like this one, you may also enjoy It Happened One Night with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert and The Thin Man series with Myrna Loy and William Powell.] -- recommended by Rianne S. - Bennett Martin Public Library

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