Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Chicago: It's a Looooong Story

 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,
NOT dubbed.  
(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?

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