Chicago Joe and the Showgirl

Chicago Joe and the Showgirl

Chicago Joe and the Showgirl is a 1990 British crime drama film directed by Bernard Rose and written by David Yallop, starring Kiefer Sutherland and Emily Lloyd. The film was inspired by the real-life Hulten/Jones murder case of 1944, otherwise known as the Cleft Chin Murder.


In the film, Karl Hulten (Kiefer Sutherland) is an American GI who is stalking the black market of London after stealing an army truck and going AWOL. There he meets up with Betty Jones (Emily Lloyd), a stripper with a deluded fantasy world view formed by watching a steady stream of Hollywood film noir and gangster pictures. Seeing Karl, who claims he is Chicago Joe doing advance work in London for encroaching Chicago gangsters, Betty takes the opportunity to set her fantasies to life as she connives Karl into a spree of petty crimes. With luck on their side, the spree keeps escalating, until Betty urges Karl to commit the ultimate crime: murder.

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    contentLocation London
    director Bernard Rose
    editor Carlos Puente
    events World War II
    genre crime drama historical
    keywords black market escalate fantasy world petty crimes stalk steal
    musicBy Hans Zimmer
    producer Tim Bevan
    productionCompany PolyGram Filmed Entertainment Working Title Films
    publisher BBFC
    recordedAt Pinewood Studios
    theme film noir neo-noir