Call Northside 777 (Fox Film Noir)
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And played they are. They liked to rip `em from the headlines back then, too. CALL NORTHSIDE 777 (1948) is an old school docu-drama, one of a number to emerge in the immediate post-war era. Armed with lighter cameras and faster film stocks, steeled with a passion for location and a love of verisimilitude, these movies boldly left the dressed set for the dirty street. In this case it's the Polish ghettos and the grimy prisons of broad-shouldered Chicago that are surveyed. Stewart, in one of his first non-boy ingenue roles, is given a chance to play a skeptic, an ambitious assignment reporter with a deep well of cynicism and an eye for the angle. Films like CALL NORTHSIDE 777 not only open with a title card telling us "This is a true story," they emphasize that all important point by assuring us that `real locations were used whenever possible.' The movie opens with an extended montage of Chicago from the Great Fire (I think that one, at least, must have come from a reenactment in another movie) to the Prohibition era, replete with Chicago's finest smashing casks of bootleg hooch and brief newsreel footage of such real-life notorati as John Dillinger and Al Capone. All this preface material blends seemingly seamlessly into the movie proper.Read more ›
Stewart learns that the add was placed by the convicted man's mother. She is convinced that her son has been falsely accused. The skeptical reporter is touched by the mother's devotion but skeptical as to the innocence of the convict. As time goes on, however, things don't add up. In time, he becomes convinced that an innocent man is rotting in prison and sets out to fix things. He is opposed by just about all of the law and order types and by the political establishment.
This is an excellent film and an excellent story. It is well crafted and well acted. It is reputedly based upon a true story. It's billed as film noir but it does not seem to fit that description to me. It has its gritty moments but is in general much more optimistic about humanity. Its worth watching.
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