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Call Northside 777 (1948)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | March 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 events in this picture are not fictional and any similarity to actual persons living or dead is _intentional_! See more »

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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 »

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It wasn't necessary to enlarge and actually see the date of the newspaper to determine the date of the issue. Since the layout of a newspaper's front page changes daily, and the front page was visible in the photo without high magnification, even if somewhat blurry it would have been sufficient to tell which day's issue it was when compared to archival copies, especially since the day had been determined to within a very small range of possibilities. See more »

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P.J. McNeal: You look nice. Will you marry me?
Laura McNeal: I did.
P.J. McNeal: Oh yeah, yeah, that's right... Thanks.
Laura McNeal: You're welcome. Just remember I'm here.
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Spoofed in High Anxiety (1977) 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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A truly great film.
13 November 2000 | by 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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