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Call Northside 777 Movie Review Summary

Actors: James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb, Helen Walker

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CALL NORTHSIDE 777 is a Fox production directed by Henry Hathaway in 1948.

In 1933, Frank Wiecek is sentenced to 99 years of prison for having killed a policeman in Wanda Skutnik's speakeasy. During his trial, Wanda Skutnik accused him of being one of the robbers while two other eyewitnesses were unable to make up their mind. But, in the state of Illinois, the testimony of only one eyewitness is enough to convict a man.

Eleven years later, Wiecek's mother runs an ad in a newspaper promising $5000 to anyone proving his son's innocence. P.J. McNeal, a journalist at the Chicago Tribune, is asked by his boss to interview the old lady. Soon, the story of Frank Wiecek interests Chicago readers and McNeal, at first uncertain, starts to believe in Wiecek's innocence. The prisoner passes with success a lie detector test but McNeal needs a new conclusive evidence if he wants Wiecek to be released by the Pardon Board.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 70%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1930's-1950's Legal/Political Thriller?    -   Yes Legal Thriller Plotlets:    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

City?    -   Yes City:    -   Chicago Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   non-gory references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Kind of violence:    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Any profanity?    -   None

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