Call Northside 777
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In this taut, fact-based docu-drama, a streetwise Chicago reporter tries to prove that a man convicted of murder 11 years before is innocent. It all begins when his editor assigns him to look into a mysterious want ad that offers a large reward for information concerning the murder of a policeman who died a decade before. The charwoman behind the ad is the mother of the convict. She is convinced of his innocence and so spent the last 11 years trying to save up the reward money. At first the world-weary journalist disbelieves her, but still, knowing a good story, writes it for his column. The… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In short, there is nothing in this picture except a whopping shortcut towards the end -- and a few false parochialisms -- to keep it from banging the bell."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"James Stewart gives a hard-edged performance as a jaded newspaper reporter who turns a classified ad into the story of the century."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Touching urban crime drama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"None of [Jimmy Stewart's] usual charm is present."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Solidly crafted change of pace for Stewart."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"The movie takes its time, but it finally gets into true noir territory by the last half hour, where dark streets, dark alleys, dark staircases, and dark rooms prevail."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Docu-style story of a wrong man accused is interestingly dated."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"The true measure of a star is his ability to transform ordinary material into movie magic. James Stewart's presence in this routine crime-drama gives a plain film a complex core."
‑ Noel Murray, Nashville Scene
"one of the most mundane legal thriller/newspaperman activist stories the world has ever seen"
‑ Christopher Null,
"James Stewart's brusque characterization provides Call Northside 777 with its edge."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"A dark look into guilt and innocence with reporter Jimmy Stewart digging into an old murder story."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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