Call Northside 777

Call Northside 777

DVD - 2004
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A Chicago reporter finds himself stuck in a decade-old murder investigation when he follows a newspaper ad offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer.

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LibraryUser53
Jan 09, 2014

I'm not favorably inclined toward most 1940's film noir, a little too hyperbolic, but this film is a counter-example and much better than I anticipated. Based on a true story. Jimmy Stewart plays a newspaper reporter, at first reluctant, then, gaining conviction, becoming hell-bent on proving a convicted murderer residing in prison is actually innocent of the crime. Excellent script, superb cinematography, including archival news-reel footage spliced seamlessly into the production footage. Of note, 1940's high tech gadgets play a role in the solution to this puzzle. The 1940's version of a fax machine is critical to the film's finale'. Recommended.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
May 15, 2013

Greatly enhanced by excellent location shooting around Chicago, Call Northside 777 is an intense, well-scripted Crime/Drama starring James Stewart and Richard Conte._____ Apparently based on actual events, this b&w gem from 1948 was partially shot in a semi-documentary format._____ Call Northside 777 tells the in-depth tale of hard-nosed newsreporter, P.J. McNeal, at the Chicago Times, who eventually proves that a man who was sentenced to life in prison for shooting down a police officer 11 years earlier was wrongly convicted._____ As the evidence of this man's innocence begins to slowly take shape, McNeal's skepticism soon turns around as he finds himself going well out of his way in search for justice for this man._____ This first-rate motion picture was directed by Henry Hathaway whose other notable films include - The Dark Corner, Niagara, and True Grit.

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Monolith
Nov 24, 2012

Great movie based on a true story from Henry Hathaway. Framed innocent(s?); corruption; cover-ups. Cool vintage location shots and high technology for '48: the ancestor of the fax machine, (so to speak), and a medieval looking polygraph machine, operated by the actual inventor. Defender of the righteous, Jimmy Stewart shines, as usual. FIVE STARS.

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judithart
Mar 26, 2010

Recommended. Dramatic b & w cinematography in Hitchcock style. Well-paced plot, with good performances by Jimmy Stewart and character actors.

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Nov 24, 2012

Frank W. Wiecek: "...It's a good world... outside..."

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