FLICKER ALLEY: Chicago (1927) in July

Chicago (1927)
July 6th
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Retail: $39.95, Our: $29.99
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Flicker Alley has announced July 6th for the home video debut of Chicago (1927).

The 2-disc DVD set will retail for $39.95, but it's available at ClassicFlix.com for only $29.99. Bonus features are below.

Sexy, jazz-loving and dressed to kill, Roxie Hart (Phyllis Haver) has a doting, handsome husband in Victor Varconi not to mention a gold-digging affair on the side with Eugene Pallette, who pays and pays, eventually with his life. Put on trial for murder, Roxie secures lawyer Billy Flynn (Robert Edeson), equal part mob “mouthpiece” and publicity agent. When Roxie hits the headlines, the courtroom theatrics begin.

Like the musical Chicago that won the Best Picture Academy Award and five other Oscars in 2002, this original 1927 version descends from a 1926 hit Broadway play by Maurine Watkins. It’s a terrifically entertaining mix of humor and melodrama as well as a pungent critique of trash journalism. Frank Urson signed Chicago as director, although it is substantially the work of Cecil B. DeMille and his A-list technical staff. (DeMille apparently judged it unseemly to take full credit for this cynical and secular story while his religious spectacle The King of Kings was still in theatres!)

Chicago is silent filmmaking at its peak, with an outstanding score for this edition by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. The 1927 Chicago was long believed a lost film, but a perfect print survived in Cecil B. DeMille’s private collection. Restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive in 2006, it has since been widely performed to rapturous audiences.


  • The Golden Twenties (1950) - A compilation documentary feature produced by The March of Time from authentic footage of the era
  • Lauren Lazin’s The Flapper Story (1985) in which several self-declared children of the roaring twenties look back across the decades on their youthful lives
  • A brochure by Thomas Pauly on author Maurine Watkins and the factual background of Chicago
  • Notes by Robert S. Birchard, author of Cecil B. DeMille’s Hollywood
  • Chicago - The Real-Life Roxy Hart documentary by Jeffery Masino and Silas Lesnick

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