CALL NORTHSIDE 777
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The murder of a city police officer sends Frank Wiecek (Richard Conte) and an accomplice to a 99-year prison sentence. More than a decade later, Chicago Times editor Brian Kelly (Lee J. Cobb) notices a classified ad in his paper, offering a $5000 reward for information about the "real" killer(s) of the police officer. Assigned to investigate is reporter P.J. McNeal (James Stewart.)
As the film progresses, McNeal's initial sure feelings about Wiecek's guilt become blurred. The headstrong McNeal seemingly does more work on the case in a week than the corrupt police department, seeking a quick conviction and closure of the case, ever did in 1932.
McNeal responds to the ad, placed by Wiecek's mother, Tillie Wiecek, who works as a floor scrubber at Chicago's Wrigley Building. Ms. Wiecek emphatically pleads her son's innocence. A still unconvinced McNeal warns her about scam artists who may try to fraudulently obtain the reward money.
The film heats up as McNeal becomes engrossed in the case. A series of newspaper articles about Wiecek's proclaimed innocence lights up the switchboard at the paper, in support of McNeal's work. Given the positive response, Editor Kelly orders McNeal to stick with it.
A key point in the story is McNeal's legwork in locating witness and store owner Wanda Skutnik, whose testimony helped to send Wiecek up the river.
This film introduces a couple of new technologies of the time.Read more ›
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Excellent movie - Jimmy Stewart at his best. The transition of Stewart as a reporter going from skeptical to a believer in the innocence of the convicted murderer and the resolve... Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2014 by John D Little
I am a big fan of film noir and own many dvds in the Fox series. This is a great addition to my collection. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2013 by Jeff Amyotte
This is a good film for any jimmy stewart fan.His acting is top-notch as usual.Published on March 27 2004 by Ben W.
Realistic, documentary-style recreations are one thing, but call Northside 777 falls off the mantle.
Sorry, guys, I give thumbs down on this one. Read more
Call Northside 777 is an under-appreciated Jimmy Stewart movie. It casts Stewart as an investigative reporter who tenaciously investigates an old murder for which an innocent man... Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2000 by D. R. Schryer
A Classic of sorts in that Henry Hathaway was making films like these( Kiss of Death) , that were shot on location. Read morePublished on June 5 2000 by charles pope
When you see a movie as great as this, one forgets that it is in black and white. I would like to know the names of the real people that this was based on.Thank youJanicePublished on May 19 1999