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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 OX-BOW INCIDENT
1942, 20th Century Fox, 75 min, USA, Dir: William A. Wellman

Henry Fonda delivers one of his best (and his personal favorite) performances in this thrilling and thought-provoking Western. When a local rancher of a small Nevada town is found murdered and robbed of his cattle, the townspeople rally up a posse on a quest for justice. Two drifters, Gil (Fonda) and Art (Harry Morgan), find themselves caught up in the angry mob, and when the majority decides to lynch the suspects without a trial, it’s up to them to intervene. Costarring Mary Beth Hughes, with Anthony Quinn, William Eythe and Jane Darwell.


BEGGARS OF LIFE
1928, Kino Lorber, 100 min, USA, Dir: William A. Wellman

Rough-and-tumble writer Jim Tully’s autobiography served as the basis for what many consider Louise Brooks’ best American film. She plays a young woman who kills her abusive stepfather and hits the road (in the company of Richard Arlen) hoping to make it to safety in Canada. Wallace Beery delivers a memorable performance as hobo Oklahoma Red in this beautifully shot silent.


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