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Chicago Calling (1951)

A poor father makes monumental efforts to get money to keep his phone installed, so he can get word on his critically injured little daughter.

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John Reinhardt
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dan Duryea ... William R. Cannon
Mary Anderson ... Mary Cannon
Gordon Gebert Gordon Gebert ... Bobby
Ross Elliott ... Jim
Melinda Casey Melinda Casey ... Nancy Cannon (as Melinda Plowman)
Judy Brubaker Judy Brubaker ... Barbara 'Babs' Kimball
Marcia Mae Jones ... Peggy (as Marsha Jones)
Roy Engel ... Pete
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A poor father makes monumental efforts to get money to keep his phone installed, so he can get word on his critically injured little daughter.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fernruf aus Chicago See more »

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Arrowhead Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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end of the rope
27 December 2013 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Dan Duryea gives a chilling performance in John Reinhardt's "Chicago Calling" as a man whose world has come crashing down around him. His desperation reels a number of people into his life as he tries to gather enough money to continue a call with his wife after learning that their daughter has been in a car crash. Among the film noir genre, this is not the most readily available movie, but that doesn't mean that you should blow off trying to see it. This is one of the most impressive movies that I've seen, and one of the most devastating. I don't know of any other movies that Reinhardt did, but if this is indication then he must have been a very good director.

More than anything, "Chicago Calling" shows why film noir was probably the best genre to arise in the post-war years. Gritty with minimal violence, chilling without being corny, and always thought-provoking. I've liked ever film noir that I've seen, and that includes this one. Really good.


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