ROXIE HART
1942, 20th Century Fox, 75 min, Dir: William A. Wellman

Ginger Rogers is pitch-perfect in the title role as a Chicago dancer who confesses to murder for the publicity; Adolphe Menjou costars as the slick lawyer who hopes to get her acquitted. George Montgomery, Phil Silvers and William Frawley are among the fine supporting cast in this breezy romantic comedy, based on the play that became the hit Broadway musical Chicago. A favorite film of Stanley Kubrick!


THE MAJOR AND THE MINOR
1942, Universal, 100 min, USA, Dir: Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder made his Hollywood directorial debut with this wartime farce, cowritten with frequent collaborator Charles Brackett. Ginger Rogers sparkles as a woman who masquerades as a 12-year-old girl to travel by train on a child’s fare; Ray Milland is the military man who shelters the youngster.


CAREFREE
1938, Warner Bros., 83 min, USA, Dir: Mark Sandrich

Featuring their longest screen kiss, this screwball musical pits Fred Astaire as Dr. Tony Flagg, a psychiatrist taking on patient Amanda Cooper (Ginger Rogers) - who is also the fiancée of his friend (Ralph Bellamy). Love and chaos ensue as Dr. Flagg tries to cure Amanda with hypnosis and ends up propelling her into a hilariously carefree state. Songs by Irving Berlin include “I Used to Be Color Blind” and the Oscar-nominated “Change Partners.” With Franklin Pangborn.


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