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Gaily, Gaily

Gaily, Gaily
Gaily, Gaily.jpg
Film poster
Directed byNorman Jewison
Produced byNorman Jewison
Screenplay byAbram S. Ginnes
Based onnovel by
Ben Hecht
StarringBeau Bridges
Brian Keith
George Kennedy
Hume Cronyn
Melina Mercouri
Music byHenry Mancini
CinematographyRichard H. Kline
Edited byByron W. Brandt
Ralph E. Winters
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • December 16, 1969 (1969-12-16)
(New York City)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$9 million[1][2]
Box office$1 million (domestic rentals)[1]

Gaily, Gaily (released in the United Kingdom as Chicago, Chicago) is a 1969 American comedy film directed by Norman Jewison.[3] It is based on the autobiographical novel by Ben Hecht and stars Beau Bridges, Brian Keith, George Kennedy, Hume Cronyn and Melina Mercouri.


Set in 1910, the film's main character is Ben Harvey (patterned after Ben Hecht): serious about seeing the world, he leaves his home for Chicago, where he meets a woman named Lil, who in reality is the madam of the bordello Ben mistakes for a boarding house. He also is friendly with Adeline, one of the prostitutes. While he tries to find work, Ben encounters other people, including a hard drinking reporter named Sullivan, plus two other men, Grogan and Johanson, who are involved in shady doings in city government. Suspecting corruption, both Harvey and Sullivan decide to investigate.



The film was nominated for three Academy Awards:[4][5]


  1. ^ a b Solomon, Aubrey (1989). Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, p. 162, ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1.
  2. ^ Tino Balio, United Artists: The Company That Changed the Film Industry, University of Wisconsin Press, 1987 p. 193
  3. ^ "Gaily, Gaily". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  4. ^ "The 42nd Academy Awards (1970) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved August 26, 2011.
  5. ^ "NY Times: Gaily, Gaily". NY Times. Retrieved December 27, 2008.

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