Call Northside 777
Call Northside 777 (1948)

Discovering that a man convicted of a murder over a decade before may in fact be innocent, a Chicago journalist embarks on an investigation in search of the truth. This drama was based upon the true story of journalist Jim McGuire and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 1, 1948
DVD Release Date: March 15, 2005
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

James Stewart gives a hard-edged performance as a jaded newspaper reporter who turns a classified ad into the story of the century.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Touching urban crime drama.

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Rob Gonsalves

Solidly crafted change of pace for Stewart.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

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.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Docu-style story of a wrong man accused is interestingly dated.

Christopher Null

one of the most mundane legal thriller/newspaperman activist stories the world has ever seen

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

James Stewart's brusque characterization provides Call Northside 777 with its edge.

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

A dark look into guilt and innocence with reporter Jimmy Stewart digging into an old murder story.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
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… More
Bruce Bruce
This is a awesome film, Black and White Made in 1948, Another Jimmy Stewart film . Jimmy is a reporter trying to prove the innocents of the murder of a… More
Kevin M. Williams
One of the best things about this docu-noir about an innocent man imprisoned is the very believable undercurrent throughout that nobody believes the guy is… More
Aj V
If anyone can help an innocent man out of jail, it's James Stewart. This is a really great movie with a true story too.
Reid Volk
Another fascinating entry into the "docu-realism" noirs of the late 1940's. In it, director Henry Hathaway braids documentary footage with his… More
Randy Tippy
Great performances and an intriguing true story are hampered by an unimaginative and overly methodical screenplay. Interesting but not all that exciting.