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~Chicago~
1927
Directed by: Frank Urson

Written by:
Lenore J. Coffee - screenplay
John W. Krafft - titles

Based on the play Chicago by Maurine Watkins, produced by Sam H.
Harris (New York, 30 Dec 1926).
~Cast~

Phyllis Haver ... Roxie Hart
Victor Varconi ... Amos Hart
Virginia Bradford ... Katie
Robert Edeson ... William Flynn
Eugene Pallette ... Rodney Casley
Warner Richmond ... Asst. District Attorney
T. Roy Barnes ... Reporter
Clarence Burton ... Police sergeant
Julia Faye ... Velma
May Robson ... Mrs. Morton - Matron
Viola Louie ... Two Gun Rosie
Sidney Bracey ... Bill collector (uncredited)
Robert Brower ... Juror (uncredited)
Sidney D'Albrook ... Photographer (uncredited)
Robert Dudley ... Insurance agent (uncredited)
Jim Farley ... Detective (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Reporter (uncredited)
George Kuwa ... Flynn's servant (uncredited)
Otto Lederer ... Amos' partner (uncredited)
Walter Long ... Flynn's Thug (uncredited)
Josephine Norman ...  Jailbird (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Sketch Artist (uncredited)
Hector Sarno ... Juryman (uncredited)
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~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: DeMille Pictures Corporation

Distribution Company: Pathé Exchange

Original Music by: Cecil Copping
Cinematography by: J. Peverell Marley
Film Editing by: Anne Bauchens
Art Direction by:
Mitchell Leisen
Set Decorations by: Ray Moyer
Costume Design by: Adrian
Production Manager: E.O. Gurney
Assistant Director: Roy Burns
Assistant Camera: James V. King
Supervisor:
Cecil B. DeMille

Length: 9 Reels
Runtime: 118 Minutes
Released: March 4, 1928
New York Premiere: December 23, 1927
~Plot Synopsis~
Chicago cigar stand owner Amos Hart, the husband of thoughtless, self-centered Roxie, thinks she is
the most wonderful girl in the world. Unknown to the easy-going Amos, Roxie has been having an
affair with one of his customers, automobile salesman Casely. After Casely becomes disenchanted
with Roxie and her spendthrift ways, he tells her they are through, then roughly throws her to the
floor when she pleads with him not to leave her. As he walks out the door of the Hartses's apartment,
Roxie picks up Amos' gun and shoots at Casely, killing him when a bullet penetrates the door.
Panicked, Roxie calls Amos and tells him that she shot a burglar. When the police arrive, Amos tries
to protect Roxie, even though he has found one of Roxie's garters in Casely's pocket, and signs a
confession saying that he killed Casely. When the assistant district attorney separates the couple,
though, he tricks Roxie by lying that Amos has placed the blame on her, causing her to incriminate
herself in an angry outburst. As the police take Roxie away, a reporter assures her that with her looks
she can get away with murder and promises to help publicize her case. Soon all of Chicago is reading
about the glamorous Roxie, much to her delight. The long-suffering Amos soon hires famed attorney
William "Billy" Flynn to defend her but when he can only raise $2,500 of Flynn's $5,000 fee, Amos
sneaks into Flynn's house and steals a large amount of cash from Flynn's secret hiding place.
Although he gets away following an encounter with Flynn's butler, a cheap pocket watch, which he
bought to replace a gold watch he had to pawn to raise money for Roxie's defense, is accidentally left
behind. Flynn is suspicious when Amos pays the rest of his fee the next day but cannot prove that
Amos is the thief. As Roxie's trial begins, her case has become the talk of Chicago, attracting
hundreds of spectators to the courthouse. Under Flynn's tutelage, Roxie feigns innocence and virtue,
all the while attracting the eyes of the all-male jury with her blonde curls and raised skirts. Despite
the frustrated district attorney's attempts to have the case determined on the evidence, Flynn's
impassioned pleas and Roxie's dramatics convince the jury to acquit her. When the verdict is
reached, Roxie basks in the attention, until another woman grabs the spotlight when she shoots a
man in the courthouse. When Roxie and Amos return home, they are greeted by two police detectives
who have been looking for Flynn's stolen money. Unknown to Amos, Katie, a sweet-natured maid in
their building, has found the money in a broken flower pot and hidden it. When the detectives then
demand to see the pocket watch that Amos bought, the same model as the one the thief left at
Flynn's, Katie overhears them and enters the apartment with a similar watch that she bought with
coupons Amos had given her a short time before. With no evidence linking Amos to the crime, the
detectives leave, after which Katie gives him the money she found. After Katie leaves, Roxie tries to
take the money but Amos finally puts his foot down and throws the money into the burning fireplace,
saying that it is unclean money used by Flynn to keep guilty men from the gallows. When the money
is completely burned, Amos then throws Roxie out of the apartment, after which he destroys many of
her things, including her framed picture. On the rainy street, Roxie is sobered by seeing a newspaper
bearing a headline about her acquittal being stepped on by passersby until it finally is swept into a
gutter. She walks off alone in the rain, just as Katie goes to Amos and lovingly begins to tidy up his
apartment.

Plot Synopsis by afi.com
~D.M. 4-1, 13 Phyllis Haver~
~D.M. 4.5-88 Victor Varconi and Phyllis Haver~
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~Phyllis Haver~