Gaily, Gaily

Gaily, Gaily

Film poster
Directed by Norman Jewison
Produced by Norman Jewison
Screenplay by Abram S. Ginnes
Based on novel by
Ben Hecht
Starring Beau Bridges
Music by Henry Mancini
Cinematography Richard H. Kline
Edited by Byron W. Brandt
Ralph E. Winters
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • 1969 (1969)
Running time
107 minutes
Country United States
Language English
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 friends with Adeline, one of the prostitutes. While he tries to find work, Ben encounters other people, including a man named Sullivan, who is involved in shady doings in city government. Suspecting corruption, Harvey and a hard drinking reporter decide to investigate.



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

See also


  1. 1 2 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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