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Call Northside 777 (1948)

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

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Jerome Cady (screen play), Jay Dratler (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Stewart ... P.J. McNeal
Richard Conte ... Frank Wiecek
Lee J. Cobb ... Brian Kelly
Helen Walker ... Laura McNeal
Betty Garde ... Wanda Skutnik
Kasia Orzazewski Kasia Orzazewski ... Tillie Wiecek
Joanne De Bergh Joanne De Bergh ... Helen Wiecek (as Joanne de Bergh)
Howard Smith ... K.L. Palmer
Moroni Olsen ... Parole Board Chairman
John McIntire ... Sam Faxon
Paul Harvey ... Martin Burns
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The "roundhouse" where Frank Wiecek (Richard Conte) is kept at the Stateville prison, was the only remaining panopticon still in use in the United States in the 1990s. It was closed in 2016, but the structure remains, due to its historical significance. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are printed on the pages of a book; it is also stated that this is a true story. See more »

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Referenced in Capricorn One (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)
(1922) (uncredited)
Music by Fred Fisher
Played during the Prohibition montage
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Engrossing Crime Drama
15 April 2000 | by harry-76See all my reviews

"Call Northside 777" is a well made crime drama shot in semi-documentary style. It benefits from a solid script, and tight direction (by Henry Hathaway). It also features a naturalistic James Stewart as a sharp investigative reporter; much of the success of the film is due to his thoroughly convincing performance. A fine support cast includes Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb and Helen Walker. What ages the film a bit is the now somewhat dated technology featured (a lengthy episode in which the lie detector is treated in detail, along with certain photographic reproduction and transference techniques). Yet, one can view these aspects as historically accurate representations, and enjoy the total production, which is on a commendably high level.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Polish

Release Date:

March 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Calling Northside 777 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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