Featuring live accompaniment by Cliff Retallick
35mm preservation print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive

Made hot on the tails of original play, the Cecil B. DeMille produced Chicago is based on the salacious, scintillating tale of Beulah Annan (fictionalized as Roxie Hart) and the sensational murder of her husband. The event itself, Maurine Dallas Watkins stage rendition, and a heaping spoonful of Hollywood sleaze combine in the film that would spawn a hit-Broadway play and the 2002 big-Hollywood Academy Award-winning film version as well. A story poised to be retold over and over, Chicago’s murderous plot sees the sassy Phyllis Haver as Roxie, ”the jazz slayer” aka “Chicago’s most beautiful murderess,” grab the gun. See it to believe it!

Dir. Frank Urson, 1927, 35mm, 118 min.

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