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Jimmy Stewart is GREAT!
I had no idea this movie would be good, just shows Jimmy Stewart is wonderful.
call northside 777
- kevin sellers
Despite its syrupy slow pace, which is highly unusual for a Henry Hathaway directed film, where the action is typically fast and furious, and even though the story is on the stale side (you know, crusading journalist trying to prove a man's innocence), with zero suspense (i.e. at no point are you in any doubt as to the sunny outcome), darned if this film doesn't suck you in and keep you watching till the very end. And if it isn't the screenplay or direction that does this I can only conclude that it's the acting. Both James Stewart and Richard Conte, as the newsman and the wronged con, are so appealing and believable in their performances that they make you take an interest in and care about their characters. And helping the overall authenticity of the film are things like having the real life inventor of the polygraph playing himself with complete credibility as well as wonderful location shooting in 40s Polish Chicago. So let's give it a B. P.S. Also worth mentioning is Betty Garde's magnificently nasty performance as the odious Wanda Skutnik (one of the great Hollywood villain names). Having seen her turn in a similarly gritty study in moral corruption in "Caged" I want to check out her other films and TV work (she was in "Twilight Zone" and "Route 66").
First Class Crime
Terrific performances by many including the mother of the convicted man. In black and white as it should have been. Great viewing, see it!
Jimmy Stewart never disappoints! Great performance.
Excellent and Absorbing
Highly effective, gripping docudrama filmed on location in Chicago. Jimmy Stewart is great as the crusading reporter- never better. Kasia Orzazewski as Tillie is staggering- a very moving performance, especially in the scene in her home. This is one that can be viewed with greater pleasure each time.
My Old Neighborhood!
I like this movie for many reasons. Jimmy Stewart, great as always, is only one.The church shown at the end of Tillie Wiecek's block is Holy Trinity Church, on Noble Street, which was where my busia and dza dza went to Mass. Tillie's street no longer exisits.However, at the start of the movie, they mention Wanda Skutnick's store was in the heavily Polish neighborhood on South Ashland Avenue. I beg to differ, because Polonia was located at Division Street, NORTH Ashland Avenue and Milwaukee Avenue. The 1200 block is right at Division. That was my old neighborhood!
- Paul Izzo
This a very fine film with an ahead-of-its-time feel. Shot partially on location in Chicago - something not done frequently at the time - we are treated to some great performances by Stewart, Cobb and others. The ending offers a fascinating glimpse into the technology used during the 1940's for transmitting photographs over the wire - in some ways it was more impressive than what we all can do today from our desktops. Northwestern Law School's website contains an interesting summary of the actual story upon which the film was based. Well worth reading as well.
Fingered the wrong fella film
- Jeff Boston
I watched TCM's premiere showing of "Call Northside 777" last night due to the stellar careers of Stewart and Cobb. I thought Paul Harvey (not THE Paul Harvey) was convincing as an upper echelon attorney, and this film may have had a hand in the casting of Cobb and unbilled E.G. Marshall in a later film, also about saving an innocent man (the classic "12 Angry Men"). If it weren't for Robert Osborne mentioning unbilled Thelma Ritter, I may have missed her (she's sitting toward the end and has one line). The movie itself is smoke-filled and slow (save the scene involving the train), but worth watching once if you are a fan of Stewart and/or Cobb, whose characters frequently wore loosened ties. The last two sentences Stewart's character articulates are the best in the film, and there are two other memorable ones: "You know where you can go as far as I'm concerned," of which something of that negativite nature was in very few films three generations ago, and would be substituted for something worse today; and "I've been doing a little praying, too," of which something of that positive nature was in very many films three generations ago, and would be substituted for something worse today.
Call Northside 777(1948)
Excellent crime thriller with a style that is very believable and unique for the time. The performances are superb, especially Kasia Orzazewski in a smal role and James Stewart. Excellent writing, exceptionally well developed story.