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Thumbnail for Call Northside 777 (1948) Call Northside 777 (1948)

Basics Critics:72Rusty:77
Category: Crime, Drama, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: Film noir, Award-Winning WorkSub-Category: Film noir, Black-and-white, Thriller, Crime Fiction, Crime Drama, DramaMain subject: Chicago Police DepartmentNarrative location: ChicagoRuntime: 111 - 112 minutesColor: black-and-whiteLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: ChicagoDirector: Henry HathawayScreenwriter: Jay DratlerMusic: Alfred NewmanCinematography: Joseph MacDonaldStars: James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb, Moroni Olsen, J. M. Kerrigan, John McIntire, E. G. Marshall, Betty Garde, Charles Lane, Freddie Steele Producer: Otto LangStudio: 20th Century FoxAward details: (details at IMDb)
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Call Northside 777 is a 1948 documentary-style film noir directed by Henry Hathaway. It is based on the true story of a Chicago reporter who proved that a man in prison for murder was wrongly convicted 11 years before. The names of the real wrongly convicted men were Majczek and Marcinkiewicz for the murder of Chicago Traffic Police Officer William D. Lundy. James Stewart stars as the persistent journalist and Richard Conte plays the imprisoned Frank Wiecek. Wiecek is based on Joseph Majczek, who was wrongly convicted of the murder of a Chicago policeman in 1932, one of the worst years of organized crime during Prohibition.


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