Call Northside 777 (1948)


“[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. ” – PJ McNeal

Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Aug 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A reporter tries to prove the innocence of a man convicted of murdering a policeman 11 years earlier.

My Take on it – This is another film that I came across by accident and knew absolutely nothing about before watching it.

They do a nice job creating a tense and thrilling noir about a reporter trying to prove the innocence of a convicted killer.

The best thing about this film is James Stewart in the lead and he is superb in this role.

His chemistry with all of the characters he needs to question is great but he is at his best ion scenes with Lee J. Cobb who plays the editor of the newspaper that he works for.

Their conversations are extremely fun to watch unfold.

The story itself is presented in a very simplistic manner yet they still manage to keep things very suspenseful and thrilling throughout especially when the fact of whether the character is innocent or guilty keeps changing as evidence is discovered along the way.

The idea to keep the whole plot out of the courtrooms and only ‘on the street’ itself works quite well in establishing what can be done by someone outside of the system when trying to uncover the truth.

Bottom Line – Interesting film noir that tells the true story of how a diligent reporter tries to find the evidence to prove that a convicted murderer was innocent. Stewart is superb ion this film and is the main reason to try and watch this film. His scenes with all of the characters are great, but the one with Cobb who plays his editor are so enjoyable to watch.  Despite the story being presented in a very “simple” manner, they find ways to keep this story thrilling throughout especially when things keeps seesawing back and forth as to whether this man is innocent or guilty. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The man administering the polygraph test to convict Richard Conte was the inventor of the polygraph or lie detector machine, Leonarde Keeler. He played himself in the movie. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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