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Chicago Calling
     

Chicago Calling

Director: John Reinhardt

Cast: Dan Duryea, Mary Anderson, Gordon Geberl

 
Alcoholic Bill Cannon's (Dan Duryea) past sins catch up with him in Chicago Calling. Cannon's daughter Nancy (Melinda Plowman) is seriously injured in an accident while out of town, and his wife Mary (Mary Anderson) has promised to call him back as soon as she learns the result of Nancy's operation. Unfortunately, Cannon's phone service is cut off for

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Alcoholic Bill Cannon's (Dan Duryea) past sins catch up with him in Chicago Calling. Cannon's daughter Nancy (Melinda Plowman) is seriously injured in an accident while out of town, and his wife Mary (Mary Anderson) has promised to call him back as soon as she learns the result of Nancy's operation. Unfortunately, Cannon's phone service is cut off for nonpayment, forcing him to go begging for the $50 necessary to square his phone bill. Only through the kindness of waitress Peggy (Marsha Jones) and telephone engineer Jim (Ross Elliot) is Cannon able to make the crucial call to his wife. Alas, the operation has proved unsuccessful. Will the impact of this tragedy push Cannon over the brink, or will it inspire him to seek out a new lease on life?

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Definitely not a great film, Chicago Calling nonetheless packs a punch thanks to Dan Duryea's intense performance. Many viewers will undoubtedly be moved by Chicago; after all, this is the kind of film that stacks the deck to make sure that the emotional buttons are pressed as hard as they can be. But many viewers are also likely to feel manipulated, and with good reason: Chicago exists only as a means of putting viewers through the same wringer that they put Duryea's character through. Unfortunately, this becomes grating after a while, and the blatant manipulation and obvious mechanics in its writing become irritating. Fortunately, Duryea is on hand. An actor who was most often cast as a heel of one stripe or another, Duryea here plays someone decidedly more sympathetic; he still has his flaws, and big ones, but the character also has enough goodness that the viewer roots for him. Nobody can play skitterish and desperate like Duryea, and he has some nicely tender and vulnerable moments as well, all of which he grabs hold of and runs with. Director John Reinhardt's work is hardly subtle, but he does know how to frame Duryea's star turn.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2011
UPC:
0883316312834
Original Release:
1951
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:15:00
Sales rank:
52,077

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dan Duryea Bill Cannon
Mary Anderson Mary Cannon
Gordon Geberl Bobby Kimball
Judy Brubaker Babs Kimball
Ross Elliott Jim
Marsha Jones Peggy
Melinda Plowman Nancy Cannon
Carl Vernell 1st Detective
Charles Flynn 2nd Detective
Roy Engel Pete
Jean Harvey Christine
Dick Curtis Foreman
Billy Lechner Finance Clerk
Roy E. Glenn Shoe Shine Boy
Norman Field Railroad Switchman
Lorin Raker Mr. Cook
Gaylord "Steve" Pendleton Lt. Ryan
Gene Roth Bank Guard

Technical Credits
John Reinhardt Director,Screenwriter
Peter Berneis Producer,Screenwriter
Robert de Grasse Cinematographer
Arthur H. Nadel Editor
Heinz Roemheld Score Composer

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