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Chicago reporter P.J. McNeal re-opens a ten year old murder case.

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P.J. McNeal
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Frank Wiecek
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Brian Kelly
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Laura McNeal
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Wanda Skutnik
Kasia Orzazewski ...
Tillie Wiecek
Joanne De Bergh ...
Helen Wiecek (as Joanne de Bergh)
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K.L. Palmer
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Parole Board Chairman
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Sam Faxon
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Martin Burns
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Taxicab Driver (uncredited)
Richard Bishop ...
Warden of Stateville Prison (uncredited)
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Police Photographic Technician (uncredited)
John Bleifer ...
Jan Gruska (uncredited)
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Narrator (uncredited) (voice)
Dollie Caillet ...
Secretary (uncredited)
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Capone (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Frank Wiecek Jr. (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
Jane Crowley ...
Anna Felczak (uncredited)
John Dillinger ...
Dillinger (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Poker Player (uncredited)
Abe Dinovitch ...
Polish Man (uncredited)
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Copy Boy (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ...
Patrolman John W. Bundy (uncredited)
Lew Eckles ...
Policeman (uncredited)
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Photo Lab Technician (uncredited)
Joseph Forte ...
Parole Board Member (uncredited)
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Secretary (uncredited)
Stanley Gordon ...
Prison Clerk (uncredited)
Walter Greaza ...
Police Capt. Norris (uncredited)
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Robert Winston - Governor's Aide (uncredited)
Buck Harrington ...
Bartender (uncredited)
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William Decker - Mailman (uncredited)
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Judge Charles Moulton (uncredited)
Perry Ivins ...
Illinois State Journal Technician (uncredited)
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Pete - McNeal's Cameraman (uncredited)
Leonarde Keeler ...
Leonarde Keeler - Polygraph Examiner (uncredited)
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Second Bartender (uncredited)
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Sullivan - Court Bailiff (uncredited)
Carl Kroenke ...
Guard (uncredited)
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Detective (uncredited)
Henry Kulky ...
First Bartender (uncredited)
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Prosecuting Attorney (uncredited)
Philip Lord ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Jack Mannick ...
Polish Man (uncredited)
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Rayska (uncredited)
Norman McKay ...
Detective (uncredited)
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Parole Board Member (uncredited)
Charles Miller ...
Parole Board Member (uncredited)
Edward Peil Jr. ...
Bartender (uncredited)
George Pembroke ...
Policeman (uncredited)
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Chicago Times Telephone Operator (uncredited)
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Keeler's Polygraph Assistant (uncredited)
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Polish Man (uncredited)
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Sixth Precinct Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
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John Albertson - State Commissioner (uncredited)
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Captain's Secretary (uncredited)
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Sgt. Larson in Records Department (uncredited)
Dick Ryan ...
Parole Board Member (uncredited)
Peter Seal ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Illinois State Journal Technician (uncredited)
George Spaulding ...
Man on Parole Board (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ...
Barfly (uncredited)
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Corrigan - Wiecek's Cellmate (uncredited)
Ann Staunton ...
Chicago Times Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Freddie Steele ...
Holdup Man (uncredited)
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Holdup Man (uncredited)
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Tomek Zaleska (uncredited)
Bill Vendetta ...
Chicago Times Photographer (uncredited)
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Boris Siskovich (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
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Illinois State Journal Technician (uncredited)

Directed by

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Henry Hathaway

Written by

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Jerome Cady ... (screen play) and
Jay Dratler ... (screen play)
 
Leonard Hoffman ... (adaptation) and
Quentin Reynolds ... (adaptation)
 
James P. McGuire ... (based on articles by)
 
Jack McPhaul ... (articles) (uncredited)

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Otto Lang ... producer
Darryl F. Zanuck ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Alfred Newman

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Joseph MacDonald ... director of photography (as Joe MacDonald)

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J. Watson Webb Jr. ... film editor

Editorial Department

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Lyman Hallowell ... apprentice editor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Mark-Lee Kirk
Lyle R. Wheeler ... (as Lyle Wheeler)

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Thomas Little ... (set decorations)
Walter M. Scott ... (set decorations)

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Kay Nelson ... (costumes designed by)

Makeup Department

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Ben Nye ... makeup artist
Myrtle Ford ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Dick Smith ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Thomas Tuttle ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Raymond A. Klune ... production manager (uncredited)
Sam Wurtzel ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Joseph E. Rickards ... assistant director (uncredited)
Abe Steinberg ... assistant director (uncredited)

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W.D. Flick ... sound
Roger Heman Sr. ... sound (as Roger Heman)

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Fred Sersen ... special photographic effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Frank Cory ... grip (uncredited)
Til Gabani ... camera operator (uncredited)
Jerry Milligan ... still photographer (uncredited)
Paul Russell ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Charles Le Maire ... wardrobe director
Sam Benson ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

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Edward B. Powell ... orchestral arrangements (as Edward Powell)
Alfred Newman ... musical director (uncredited)

Other crew

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James P. McGuire ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Stanley Scheuer ... script supervisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Reporter Uncovers New Clues In Wiecek Case See more »
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Also Known As
  • Appelez nord 777 (France)
  • Yo creo en ti (Spain)
  • Sublime Devoção (Brazil)
  • Appelez nord 777 (Belgium, French title)
  • Bel op: Noord 777 (Belgium, Flemish title)
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  • 112 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia The man administering the polygraph test to convict Richard Conte was the inventor of the polygraph or lie detector machine, Leonarde Keeler. He played himself in the movie. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Edited from In Old Chicago (1938). See more »
Soundtracks Chicago (That Toddlin' Town) See more »
Quotes 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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