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CHICAGO (Original 1927 Silent Version)

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(1927, Frank Urson & Cecil B. DeMille) Ripped from the headlines! - for once pretty true. Straight-from-Broadway filming of the play based on the real lover-shooting Beulah Annan case, hitting the screen three years after her sensational Windy City trial (only years later spawning a remake, Roxie Hart, with Ginger Rogers in the title role, and, much later, the Broadway musical smash and Oscar-winning film). In this first and most authentic version,  marvelously blousy Phyllis Haver is Roxie, with future screwball comedy great Eugene Pallette as her victim. Approx. 118 min.



“This snappy and sexy late silent — it opened in New York in December 1927, two months after The Jazz Singer — is a much superior film to not only its surprisingly threadbare Oscar-winning successor, but is also better than William Wellman’s nonmusical remake Roxie Hart (1942).”
– Lou Lumenick, New York Post