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All That JazzThe Life and Times of the Musical Chicago$
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Ethan Mordden

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190651794

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190651794.001.0001

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The Second Movie

The Second Movie

“I’m Going To Make a Character Man of You If You Don’t Behave Yourself”

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(p.102) 6 The Second Movie
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All That Jazz
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Ethan Mordden

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190651794.003.0007

This chapter discusses the history of the second Chicago movie, Roxie Hart (1942). This film is a notable deviation from how the various Chicagos look at Roxie’s character, because here, for the first and only time, she is not a sociopath. True, she is still brusque and insolent, and especially contemptuous of Amos. But she is not a walking con job. Previously, Roxies wanted to get off even though they were guilty. This Roxie wants to get off because she is innocent; she has agreed to let the press and the law paint her as a murderess only to become notorious and thus break into show business. And there lies Roxie Hart’s most significant deviation, the first linking of crime and show biz that will prove so potent in the musical Chicago.

Keywords:   William A. Wellman, Roxie Hart, film adaptation, crime, show business, Hollywood

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