Call Northside 777
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In this documentary-inspired thriller, P.J. McNeal (James Stewart) is a reporter who is asked by his editor to look into a potential story: their newspaper has been carrying an ad offering a substantial reward for information regarding the murder of a policeman that occurred eleven years ago. It turns out the ad was placed by a cleaning woman named Tillie Wiecek (Kasia Orzazewski); her son Frank (Richard Conte) was convicted of the crime, but she is thoroughly convinced her son had nothing to do with the killing. McNeal doesn't believe for a moment that Frank could be innocent, but he sees… 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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