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Call Northside 777 (1948)

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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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1 February 1948 (USA)  »

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Calling Northside 777  »

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"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 9, 1949 with James Stewart reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

Various characters refer to the murdered police officer as John W. Bundy, but the police record of the case shows his name as W.W. Bundy. See more »

Quotes

P.J. McNeal: Aw, look, Frank, it's a big thing when a sovereign state admits an error. But remember this: there aren't many governments in the world that would do it.
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Don't Fence Me In
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Music by Cole Porter
Played at the bar where McNeal orders a bourbon
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A truly great film.
13 November 2000 | by (Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

Yes, almost every time I review a film, I say it's one of my favorites, but I tend not to review films I don't feel strongly about.

This is a film I feel VERY strongly about. Jimmy Stewart is incredible, as always, in the role of a cynical newsman who is assigned to figure out what really happened in a 10-year-old murder case. I saw it years ago, well before fax machines existed, and was fascinated at how he figures out "the story behind the story."

I make a point of watching it whenever it's on, and would love to see it released on DVD.


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