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Chicago Cigarstand owner Amos Hart, the husband of self-centered Roxie, thinks she is the most wonderful girl in the world. Unknown to the easy-going Amos, Roxie has been having an affair with one of his customers, automobile salesman Casley. After Casley becomes disenchanted with Roxie and her spendthrift ways, he tells her they are through, then rougly throws her to the floor when she pleads with him not to leave her. As he walks out the door of the Hart's apartment, Roxie picks up Amos's gun and shoots at Casley, killing him when a bullet pentrates the door. Panicked, Roxie calls Amos and tells him that she shot a burglar. When the police arrive, Amos tries to protect Roxie, even though he has found one of Roxie's garters in Casley's pocket, and signs a confession saying that he kileld Casley. When the district attorney separates the couple, though, he tricks Roxie by lying that Amos has placed the blame on her, causing her to incriminate her self in an angry outburst. As the police take Roxie away, a reporter assures her that with her looks she can get away with murder and promises to help publicize her case. Soon all of Chicago is reading about the glamorous Roxie, much to her delight. The long-suffering Amos soon hires famed attorney Billy Flynn to defend her but when he can only raise $2,500 of Flynn's $5,000 fee, Amos sneaks into Flynn's house and steals a large amount of cash from Flynn's secret hiding place. Although he gets away following an encounter with Flynn's butler, a cheap pocket watch that he bought to replace a gold watch he had to pawn to raise money for Roxie's defence, is accidentally left behind. Flynn is suspicious when Amos pays the rest of his fee the next day but cannot prove that Amos is the thief. As Roxie's trial begins, her case has become the talk of Chicago, attracting hundreds of spectators to the counthouse. Under Flynn's tutelage, Roxie feigns innocence and virtue, all the while attracting the eyes of the all male jury with her blond curls and raised skirts. Despite the frustrated district attorney's attempts to have the case determined on the evidence, Flynn's impassioned pleas and Roxie's dramatics convince the jury to acquit her. When the verdict is reached, Roxie basks in the attention, until another woman grabs the reporters' attention when she shoots a man in the courthouse. When Roxie and Amose return home, they are greeted by two police detectives who have been looking for Flynn's stolen money. Unknown to Amos, Katie, a sweet-natured maid in their building has found the money in a broken flower pot and hidden it. When the detectives then demand to see the pocket watch that Amos bought, the same model as the one the thief left at Flynn's, Katie overhears them and enters the apartment with a similar watch which she bought with coupons Amos had given her a short time before. With no evidence linking Amos to the crime, the detectives leave, after which Katie gives him the money she found. After Katie leaves, Roxie tries to take the money but Amos finally puts his foot down and throws the money into the burning fireplace, saying that it is unclean money used by Flynn to keep guilty men from the gallows. When the money is completely burned, Amos then throws Roxie out of the apartment, after which he destroys many of her things, including her framed picture. On the rainy street, Roxie is sobered by seeing a newspaper bearing a headline about her acquital being stepped on by passersby until it finally is swept into a gutter. She walks off alone in the rain, just as Katie goes to Amos and lovingly begins to tidy up his apartment.