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
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ON SCREEN: "This film was photographed in the State of Illinois using wherever possible, the actual locales associated with the story." Call Northside 777 (1948) was actually the very first Hollywood produced feature film to be shot entirely on location in Chicago. Many famous landmarks, such as the Chicago Merchandise Mart, Holy Trinity Polish Mission, and the Wrigley Building (of chewing gum fame) on North Michigan Avenue, can be seen throughout the film. See more »
At some point in this film someone refers to Soldier Field as 'Soldiers Field' - a mistake that a Chicagoan would not make. However, there is a feature of Chicago neighborhood slang of adding an unnecessary possessive "s" to the name of local institutions: somebody going for groceries at the Jewel Food Store chain would say they were headed "by the Jewel's." See more »
reporter sets out to prove a convicted man is innocent
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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