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Call Northside 777 (1948)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 1 February 1948 (USA)
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. McNeal to look into the case. For some time, McNeal 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 Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 7, 1948 with James Stewart and Richard Conte reprising their film roles. See more »

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Wanda's Grocery at 1226 S. Ashland is shown to the right of address 1224. This is opposite from how even-numbered addresses are arranged on the south side of Chicago. 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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Spoofed in High Anxiety (1977) See more »

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Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)
(1922) (uncredited)
Music by Fred Fisher
Played during the Prohibition montage
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Authentic Neighborhood
16 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The neighborhood in the movie was authentic. The church seen in it was my childhood parish church, Holy Trinity. In the movie, the buildings across the street from the church were torn down to build one-story apartments. Behind the apartments, the expressway was built. This happened sometime after the movie's debut.

Like many movie goers, i find the use of neighborhood scenes crucial to the story line. The director did a fine job blending in the story line with the use of Chicago area footage.

Richard Conte's portrayal adds to the quality of the movie. Never disappointing, Jimmy Stewart did outstanding work. With the support of fellow cast members and film crew, "Call Northside 777" is a movie worth seeing. Even a second time.


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