USA Today - 12/08/1995
"...Rogers' impromptu jailhouse tap routine is among screendom's most privileged throwaway bits..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
This hilarious farce stars Ginger Rogers, who "scores a resounding personal hit" (The Hollywood Reporter) as an ambitious 1920s showgirl who confesses to a murder just for the publicity. After her husband shoots a burglar in their apartment, Roxie is convinced by a theatrical agent to claim she did it. As she becomes the center of an outrageous trial, she gains the name recognition she has always sought. Filled with outrageous visual humor, wit and just plain fun, Roxie Hart is sure to entertain now as much as it did during its theatrical debut. The Broadway play Chicago and movie of the same name were both based on this 1942 hit.
After a showgirl's husband shoots a burglar in their apartment, a theatrical agent named Lynn Overmann (Jake Callahan) promises to sign the woman up for a vaudeville tour as long as she pretends she pulled the trigger. Realizing she'll become a household name overnight, Roxie Hart (Ginger Rogers) agrees and soon finds herself at the center of an outrageous trial. Having been built up by the cynical Overmann, Roxie grows more enthusiastic with each new shot of publicity. Meanwhile, Overmann is cleverly manipulating the outcome of the trial to get what he wants. Rogers is terrific as the tough girl who laps up the spotlight, and director William Wellman doesn't miss a beat. Written by the great Nunnally Johnson (THREE FACES OF EVE) and based on the hit Broadway play CHICAGO by Maurine Watkins, ROXIE HART features an outstanding supporting cast, including Phil Silvers, Nigel Bruce, and William Frawley.
ROXIE HART is a hilarious yarn about a 1920s showgirl whose husband shoots a burglar in their apartment. Roxie's theatrical agent and a newsman talk her into confessing to the murder, promising her fame and a vaudeville tour of her own. She agrees, and the outrageous trial that follows turns Roxie into a household word.