Back in 1926, Maurine Dallas Watkins wrote a play called "Chicago"...
based on two unrelated crimes of 1924,
involving Beulah Annan and Belva Gaetner.
It reached Broadway, and proved popular enough to be turned
into a silent movie, called "Roxie Hart,"
starring Phyllis Haver (above).
In 1942, they did it again!
A movie with Ginger Rogers, as a brunette...
and a rather distraught looking Adolphe Menjou
as Billy Flynn.
Bob Fosse entered the "picture" when Gwen Verdon
came across the 1926 play and thought it might make a good musical.
The original 1975 production starred
Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera and...
Jerry Orbach, as Billy Flynn.
In 2002, another movie...
with Rene Zellwegger and Catherine Zeta-Jones,
(Can ya tell?)
Queen Latifah as Mama Morton...
This movie had a $45,000,000 budget.
Makes you wonder about that first silent movie version
and its budget...$300?