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Call Northside 777 (1948)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 1 February 1948 (USA)
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Chicago reporter P.J. McNeal re-opens a ten year old murder case.

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In 1932, a cop is killed and Frank Wiecek sentenced to life. Eleven years later, a newspaper ad by Frank's mother leads Chicago reporter P.J. O'Neal to look into the case. For some time, O'Neal continues to believe Frank guilty. But when he starts to change his mind, he meets increased resistance from authorities unwilling to be proved wrong. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The man administering the polygraph test to convict Richard Conte was the actual inventor of the polygraph or lie detector machine, Leonarde Keeler. He plays himself in the movie. See more »

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The title is a misnomer. Telephone exchanges at the time of the story were always spelled with the first two letters in caps, i.e. NOrthside, followed by four, not three numerical digits. See more »

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P.J. McNeal: [to warden, after trying to talk Tomek into confessing to get parole] You must run a nice jail: this guy doesn't want to get out either!
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Referenced in Capricorn One (1978) See more »

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Don't Fence Me In
(1944) (uncredited)
Music by Cole Porter
Played at the bar where McNeal orders a bourbon
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reporter sets out to prove a convicted man is innocent
18 June 1999 | by (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

An eyewitness to a cop killing sends a man to the pen for 99 years. Eleven years later the convict's mother offers 5 thousand dollars to anyone proving her son is not guilty. A newspaperman looks into the case and becomes obsessed with gathering information which he is convinced will exonerate the convicted man. Tense, dramatic look at the seedy side of life.


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