Call Northside 777

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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. ...
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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/1994
  • UPC: 086162855436
  • Original Release: 1948
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

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
Larry Blake Technician
Truman Bradley Voice Only
Michael Chapin Frank, Jr.
George Cisar Policeman
Jane Crowley Anna Felczak
Joanne de Bergh Helen Wiecek-Rayska
Abe Dinovitch Polish Man
Rex Downing Copy Boy
Joe Forte Parole Board Member
Helen Foster Secretary
Walter Greaza Detective
Jonathan Hale Robert Winston
Buck Harrington Bartender
Perry Ivins Technician
Robert Karnes Spitzer
Cy Kendall Bartender in Bill's Place
Henry Kulky Bartender in Drazynski's Place
Norman McKay Detective
George Melford Parole Board Member
Charles Miller Parole Board Member
Edward Peil Jr. Bartender
George Pembroke Policeman
Wanda Perry Telephone Operator
Arthur Peterson Keeler's Assistant
Joe Ploski Man
William Post Jr. Police Sergeant
Dick Ryan Parole Board Member
Peter Seal Man
Lester Sharpe Technician
George Spaulding Man on Parole Board
Lionel Stander Corrigan
Ann Staunton Telephone Operator
Freddie Steele Holdup Man
George Turner Holdup Man
Duke Watson Policeman
Robert B. Williams 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 Sr. Makeup
Quentin Reynolds Screenwriter
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Tom Tuttle Makeup
J. Watson Webb Jr. Editor
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2002

    Chicago Newspaper Reporter Investigates Murder

    Jimmy Stewart plays McNeal, a Chicago newspaper reporter assigned to a story about a policeman's murder 10 years earlier, during Prohibition. Two men were convicted and sentenced to 99 years. One prisoner's mother, believing her son ''innocent,'' has raised five thousand dollars in the hope of reopening the murder investigation. Reporter McNeal digs into the facts looking for the truth. The film dramatically depicts his dealings with the police, the courts, and the Illinois Parole Board. Stewart gives a fine performance, helped by a good supporting cast and a taut story. Good film, well worth seeing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow!

    I am so happy to see this film on DVD. Jimmy Stewart is superb and portrays a very hard edged character. He had been typcast before the war and proves that the four years of being a bomber pilot certainly did harden the actor. This film was released in conjunction with Stewart's stepping into history with his footprints at Graumans. The whole cast is great and I love that it was filmed on location in Chicago. Wonderful film!

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