23 March 2006

Chicago and other Tapdances

Chicago (the musical) is currently on. Possibly a coincidence, but Clews has linked to an article about the true stories that inspired it. Sounds like the beginnings are close, but the Hollywood ending is much...prettier and flamboyant.

Would you believe me if I told you that the two murderesses featured in the recent hit movie Chicago were just the twin tips of the iceberg, and that in Chicago, in the 1920s, it was literally impossible for any prosecutor to win a murder conviction against a woman, especially a pretty woman, as no male juries were willing to pronounce a female guilty of murder? Would you believe that dozens and dozens of women were acquitted of murder charges despite overwhelming evidence that they'd shot and killed their lovers and husbands?

I love this movie... "So I fired two warning shots...into his head."
"Some guys just can't hold their arsenic."
From the song He had it Comin'.

Oh, and CSI was pre-empted for basketball. I find this quite irritating, as fake dead bodies are much more interesting than bouncy balls.

And reality is the ultimate tapdance:

I would just post the link, but you have to pay to access the archives, and I haven't bothered. Oh, I should probably explain: Dave (the one hiding under the desk) used to work for a mad scientist intent on taking over the world. He felt much safer there.


Anonymous said...

Thanks, Qalmlea, for the kind words on Clews. It's nice to know I'm not the only one who thinks this stuff is interesting, & it's nice get a nod once in a while. Though I find few of them necessary to keep me going. --Laura James

Qalmlea said...

:^) You're welcome! I love your blog.