Roxie Hart (1942) - Rotten Tomatoes

Roxie Hart (1942)




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Based on the play +Chicago, Roxie Hart is a short-but-sweet satire of highly publicized court trials. Ginger Rogers plays showgirl Roxie Hart, whose no-good husband kills a man and insists that Roxie take the blame, since juries seldom send a woman to the chair. She agrees, figuring that the publicity will be beneficial to her career. Roxie's case is taken by grandstanding attorney Adolphe Menjou, who regards the sacred halls of justice as his own three-ring circus. George Montgomery plays the reporter covering the trial, who falls in love with Roxie and eventually marries her after she dumps her cowardly hubby. Roxie Hart plays fast and loose with legal ethics, but is no less hilarious because of it. Some of the best moments belong to Iris Adrian, as an imprisoned "Bonnie Parker"-type killer who's jealous that Roxie is stealing all the headlines.

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Ginger Rogers
as Roxie Hart
Adolphe Menjou
as Billy Flynn
George Montgomery
as Homer Howard
Lynne Overman
as Jake Callahan
Nigel Bruce
as E. Clay Benham
Sara Allgood
as Mrs. Morton
Spring Byington
as Mary Sunshine
George Chandler
as Amos Hart
Ted North
as Stuart Chapman
Helene Reynolds
as Velma Wall
Charles D. Brown
as Charles E. Murdock
Morris Ankrum
as Martin S. Harrison
Iris Adrian
as Two-Gun Gertie
Milton Parsons
as Announcer
Billy Wayne
as Court Clerk
Charles Williams
as Photographer
Lee Shumway
as Policeman
Jim Pierce
as Policeman
Philip Morris
as Policeman
Pat O'Malley
as Policeman
Larry Lawson
as Reporter
Harry Carter
as Reporter
James Pierce
as Policeman
Jack Norton
as Producer
Arthur Ayleswofth
as Mr. Wadsworth
Margaret Seddon
as Mrs. Wadsworth
Frank Darien
as Finnegan
Bob Perry
as Prisoner's Bailiff
Jeff Corey
as Orderly
Mary Treen
as Secretary
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Critic Reviews for Roxie Hart

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1)

Often too overdone for superior farce.

February 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Ginger Rogers offers us a new phase of her incredibly attractive personality that is difficult to forget. [Full Review in Spanish]

September 11, 2019 | Full Review…

An outstanding gallery of connivers

September 25, 2009 | Full Review…

The non-musical version of Chicago. It's fun and cynical.

December 11, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

A frequently entertaining precursor of "Chicago" with Rogers at her most charming. Let's just say she gives Renee Zellwegger a run for her money.

June 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

I cannot imagine a film as amusing, biting, erudite, witty, and just plain fun as Roxie Hart being made today, and that is a terribly depressing thought.

March 23, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Roxie Hart

This movie is sensational, funny, and cool. I enjoyed it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


love old movies, love ginger rogers but this movie even if it is the basis for Chicago is flat footed and dull

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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