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Call Northside 777

112 min
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
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Henry Hathaway
1 win & 2 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1948-02-01
Filming Locations: Chicago, Illinois, USA
James Stewart
P.J. McNeal
Richard Conte
Frank W. Wiecek
Lee J. Cobb
Brian Kelly
Helen Walker
Laura McNeal
Betty Garde
Wanda Skutnik
Kasia Orzazewski
Tillie Wiecek
Joanne De Bergh
Helen Wiecek
Howard Smith
K.L. Palmer
Moroni Olsen
Parole Board Chairman
John McIntire
Sam Faxon
Paul Harvey
Martin J. Burns
Robert Adler
Taxicab Driver
Richard Bishop
Warden of Stateville Prison (uncredited)
Larry J. Blake
Police Photographic Technician (uncredited)
John Bleifer
Jan Gruska (uncredited)
Truman Bradley
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Dollie Caillet
Secretary (uncredited)
Al Capone
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Michael Chapin
Frank Wiecek Jr. (uncredited)
George Cisar
Policeman (uncredited)
Jane Crowley
Anna Felczak (uncredited)
John Dillinger
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
James Dime
Poker Player (uncredited)
Abe Dinovitch
Polish Man (uncredited)
Rex Downing
Copy Boy (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn
Patrolman John W. Bundy (uncredited)
Lew Eckles
Policeman (uncredited)
Ben Erway
Photo Lab Technician (uncredited)
Joseph Forte
Parole Board Member (uncredited)
Helen Foster
Secretary (uncredited)
Stanley Gordon
Prison Clerk (uncredited)
Walter Greaza
Police Capt. Norris (uncredited)
Jonathan Hale
Robert Winston - Governor's Aide (uncredited)
Buck Harrington
Bartender (uncredited)
Percy Helton
William Decker - Mailman (uncredited)
Samuel S. Hinds
Judge Charles Moulton (uncredited)
Perry Ivins
Illinois State Journal Technician (uncredited)
Robert Karnes
Pete - McNeal's Cameraman (uncredited)
Leonarde Keeler
Himself - Polygraph Examiner (uncredited)
Cy Kendall
Second Bartender (uncredited)
J.M. Kerrigan
Sullivan - Court Bailiff (uncredited)
Carl Kroenke
Guard (uncredited)
Paul Kruger
Detective (uncredited)
Henry Kulky
First Bartender (uncredited)
Charles Lane
Prosecuting Attorney (uncredited)
Philip Lord
Policeman (uncredited)
Jack Mannick
Polish Man (uncredited)
E.G. Marshall
Rayska (uncredited)
Norman McKay
Detective (uncredited)
George Melford
Parole Board Member (uncredited)
Charles Miller
Parole Board Member (uncredited)
Edward Peil Jr.
Bartender (uncredited)
George Pembroke
Policeman (uncredited)
Wanda Perry
Chicago Times Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Arthur Peterson
Keeler's Polygraph Assistant (uncredited)
Joe Ploski
Polish Man (uncredited)
William Post Jr.
Sixth Precinct Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Addison Richards
John Albertson - State Commissioner (uncredited)
Thelma Ritter
Receptionist (uncredited)
Richard Rober
Sgt. Larson in Records Department (uncredited)
Dick Ryan
Parole Board Member (uncredited)
Peter Seal
Minor Role (uncredited)
Lester Sharpe
Illinois State Journal Technician (uncredited)
George Spaulding
Man on Parole Board (uncredited)
Ray Spiker
Barfly (uncredited)
Lionel Stander
Corrigan - Wiecek's Cellmate (uncredited)
Ann Staunton
Chicago Times Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Freddie Steele
Holdup Man (uncredited)
George Turner
Holdup Man (uncredited)
George Tyne
Tomek Zaleska (uncredited)
Bill Vendetta
Himself - Chicago Times Photographer (uncredited)
Otto Waldis
Boris Siskovich (uncredited)
Duke Watson
Policeman (uncredited)
Robert Williams
Illinois State Journal Technician (uncredited)
Did you know?
The Chicago Daily Times merged with the Chicago Sun in 1948, the year this movie was released, and became known as the Chicago Sun-Times which is still in business as of 2011.
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 7, 1948 with James Stewart and Richard Conte reprising their film roles.
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Frank's name in real life was Joseph Majczek. After being released from prison in 1945, he worked as an insurance agent in Chicago. For his wrongful imprisonment, the State of Illinois awarded him $24,000, which Majczek gave to his mother Tillie. Majczek eventually remarried his wife with whom he had divorced while he was in prison. His last years were spent in a mental institution; he died in 1983.
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It's highly unlikely that there would have been enough resolution in the original print to see a headline, let alone read the date on the newspaper. If there were, they would have been able to easily see the date with a simple magnifying glass. Only photographic enlargement performed on the original negative could possibly reveal additional small details. Instead they created a new negative from the print in order to make the enlargements. Since the new negative is made from the print, there is no way to recreate details that can't be seen on that print in the first place. If your original is missing enough legibility to see the fine details, no amount of copying or enlarging can possibly improve upon that. Also, there's no need to read the date - in the first enlargement, probably, and definitely in the slightly larger second enlargement, it should be possible to identify the date from the layout of the newspaper page.
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When McNeal first visits Tillie, he has no camera nor a photographer with him. The next morning, city editor Kelly is holding a paper with a photo of Tillie scrubbing the stairs. However, it is possible that McNeal sent a photographer back after meeting Tillie, since when he first met her he wasn't sure she was the right person.
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At some point in this film someone refers to Soldier Field as 'Soldiers Field' - a mistake that a Chicagoan would not make. However, there is a feature of Chicago neighborhood slang of adding an unnecessary possessive "s" to the name of local institutions: somebody going for groceries at the Jewel Food Store chain would say they were headed "by the Jewel's."
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P.J. McNeal: [to warden, after trying to talk Tomek into confessing to get parole] You must run a nice jail: this guy doesn't want to get out either!
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P.J. McNeal: What have you got to lose? You're in for life now. C'mon, tell us the truth.
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P.J. McNeal: Aw, look, Frank, it's a big thing when a sovereign state admits an error. But remember this: there aren't many governments in the world that would do it.
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Television Premiere Happened When?
The Chicago television premiere of the hit Fox film, Call Northside 777, happened on Sunday, October 4, 1959, at 9:30 p.m.--an ad reads: "First Run WGN-TV 9--There's A Beat in the Pulse of This Picture That Becomes Your Very Own!"
Jimmy Sewart---Where Was He Before Filming "Northside"?
Chicago Tribune, September 20, 1947, p. 14:LOOKING AT HOLLYWOODby Hedda Hopper. . . . Jimmy Stewart is visiting his family in Pennsylvania while waiting for the "Northside" company to start rolling in Chicago. . . ._________________________
Chicago---How Many Weeks of Filming?
Chicago Daily News, Saturday, September 20, 1947, p.10, c. 1:HOLLYWOOD CHATTERby Sheila GrahamJimmy Stewart's "Northside 777" will have only three weeks location work---in Chicago. The new tendency in movies is to do exteriors away from Hollywood, for which authenticity, heven be praised._____________________________
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