Call Northside 777 by Henry Hathaway |Henry Hathaway, James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb | 24543130192 | DVD | Barnes & Noble
Call Northside 777

Call Northside 777

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Director: Henry Hathaway

Cast: Henry Hathaway, James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb

     
 
In this documentary-inspired thriller, P.J. McNeal (James Stewart) is a reporter who is asked by his editor to look into a potential story: their newspaper has been carrying an ad offering a substantial reward for information regarding the murder of a policeman that occurred eleven years ago. It turns out the ad was placed by a cleaning woman named Tillie Wiecek

Overview

In this documentary-inspired thriller, P.J. McNeal (James Stewart) is a reporter who is asked by his editor to look into a potential story: their newspaper has been carrying an ad offering a substantial reward for information regarding the murder of a policeman that occurred eleven years ago. It turns out the ad was placed by a cleaning woman named Tillie Wiecek (Kasia Orzazewski); her son Frank (Richard Conte) was convicted of the crime, but she is thoroughly convinced her son had nothing to do with the killing. McNeal doesn't believe for a moment that Frank could be innocent, but he sees a good human interest story in Tillie and writes a piece that receives a great deal of favorable attention. Brian Kelly (Lee J. Cobb), McNeal's editor, thinks there might be more to this story and asks P.J. to look into the original murder case. To McNeal's surprise, Frank passes a lie detector test in which he proclaims his innocence, and the more he digs into records on the case, the more he finds wrong with the original investigation; some evidence is missing, much is inconclusive, and the reporter begins to wonder if Frank might have been railroaded after all, or if the police might be trying to keep something quiet. Call Northside 777 was based on a true story.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Call Northside 777 utilizes a pseudo-documentary style to heighten the realism of its fact-based plot. Director Henry Hathaway effectively combines Joe MacDonald's black-and-white cinematography with the atmospheric orchestral score of Alfred Newman to create an effective, engrossing mood for the wrongful imprisonment tale. Lead James Stewart is solid as usual; of special note in the supporting cast are the performances of Lee J. Cobb as Stewart's editor and Richard Conte as Frank Wiecek, the wrongfully convicted subject of Stewart's investigations.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/15/2005
UPC:
0024543130192
Original Release:
1948
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:51:00

Special Features

Commentary by authors and historians James Ursini & Alain Silver; Fox Movietone News - motion picture stars attend premiere of Call Northside 777; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Stewart McNeal
Richard Conte Frank Wiecek
Lee J. Cobb Brian Kelly
Helen Walker Laura McNeal
Betty Garde Wanda Skutnik
E.G. Marshall Rayska
Moroni Olsen Parole Board Chairman
Kasia Orzazewski Tillie Wiecek
Howard I. Smith Palmer
John McIntire Sam Faxon
Paul Harvey Martin Burns
J.M. Kerrigan Sullivan
Samuel S. Hinds Judge Charles Moulton
George Tyne Tomek Zaleska
Richard Bishop Warden
Otto Waldis Boris
John Bleifer Jan Gruska
Addison Richards John Albertson
Richard Rober Larson
Eddie Dunn Patrolman
Percy Helton William Decker, Mailman
Charles Lane Prosecuting Attorney
Joanne de Bergh Helen Wiecek-Rayska
Robert B. Williams Technician
Michael Chapin Frank, Jr.
Truman Bradley Narrator
Norman McKay Detective
Walter Greaza Detective
William Post Police Sergeant
Joe Ploski Man
George H. Melford Parole Board Member
Joe Forte Parole Board Member
Dick Ryan Parole Board Member
Lionel Stander Corrigan
Jonathan Hale Robert Winston
Freddie Steele Holdup Man
Peter Seal Man
George Turner Holdup Man
Jane Crowley Anna Felczak
Robert Karnes Spitzer
Perry Ivins Technician
Lester Sharpe Technician
Helen Foster Secretary
Abe Dinovitch Polish Man
Henry Kulky Bartender in Drazynski's Place
Cy Kendall Bartender in Bill's Place
George Spaulding Man on Parole Board
Wanda Perry Telephone Operator
Ann Staunton Telephone Operator
Rex Downing Copy Boy
Buck Harrington Bartender
George Cisar Policeman
Arthur Peterson Keeler's Assistant
Duke Watson Policeman
George Pembroke Policeman
Edward Peil Bartender
Charles Miller Parole Board Member
Larry Blake Technician

Technical Credits
Henry Hathaway Director
Jerry Cady Screenwriter
Dick Smith Makeup Special Effects
Jay Dratler Screenwriter
W.D. Flick Sound/Sound Designer
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Leonard Hoffman Screenwriter
Mark-Lee Kirk Art Director
Otto Lang Producer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Joe MacDonald Cinematographer
Kay Nelson Costumes/Costume Designer
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Ben Nye Makeup
Quentin Reynolds Screenwriter
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Tom Tuttle Makeup
J. Watson Webb Editor
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [1:02]
2. Cop Killing [:13]
3. Indictment [3:29]
4. Call Northside 777 [3:47]
5. A Mother's Faith [:46]
6. Story Angles [6:15]
7. Juicy Headlines [:27]
8. Picture Puzzle [5:01]
9. Selling Papers [1:42]
10. Just Name the Man [2:52]
11. Lie Detector Test [4:29]
12. Interference [5:06]
13. Slinging Mud [1:46]
14. Looking for Wanda [1:56]
15. Refusal [4:19]
16. Finish Story [1:25]
17. Blowup [1:48]
18. Solid Evidence [5:08]
19. Proof of Innocence [6:24]
20. A Good World [:36]

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