About The Film

Chicago Joe and the Showgirl is a 1990 British crime drama film directed by Bernard Rose and written by David Yallop. The film was inspired by the real-life Hulten/Jones murder case of 1944, famously 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.


Kiefer Sutherland, Emily Lloyd


Directed by Bernard Rose
Produced by Tim Bevan
Screenplay by David Yallop
Based on the Hulten/Jones murder case of 1944
Cinematography by Mike Southon
Editing by Carlos Puente
Music by Hans Zimmer
Production Company: LIVE Entertainment, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Working Title Films
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Running Time: 103 minutes
Release Date: July 27, 1990
Country: UK

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