Call Northside 777

Synopsis: In 1932, a cop is killed and Frank Wiecek sentenced to life. Eleven years later, a newspaper ad by Frank's mother leads Chicago reporter P.J. McNeal to look into the case. For some time, McNeal continues to believe Frank guilty. But when he starts to change his mind, he meets increased resistance from authorities unwilling to be proved wrong.
Genre: Drama, Film-Noir
Director(s): Henry Hathaway
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

I was- I was scared.

Sometimes I used to hang around

Wanda's place.

When I heard they were

picking up everybody she knew...

...well, I figured nobody would miss me,

so I just beat it.

I know now I made a mistake.

But I came in on my own hook, didn't I?

When you went

to Wiecek's house that night...

...what reason did you give

for wanting to sleep there?

l-I didn't give any reason.

I used to spend the night

there once in a while.

[ Cop ] You didn't give them any reason?

[ Zaleska ] No, I just asked them to let

me stay there and they did.

And you're sure you gave them no reason?


[ Narrator ] After identification

by an eyewitness...

Frank Wiecek and Tomek Zaleska...

...were indicted for the murder

of Officer Bundy...

...and swiftly brought to trial.

I will ask you, Mrs. Skutnik,

if you see in this courtroom...

...the two men that murdered

Policeman John Bundy.

Yes, sir.

Him... and him.

[ Prosecutor ] Had you ever seen either

of these men prior to the time of shooting?

Oh, sure. Tomek used to come around

my place all the time.

The other fella,

I never saw before.

And the first time you saw Frank Wiecek...

...was on the day of the murder?

- Yes, sir.

And the next time you saw him was the day

you picked him out of the police lineup.

Yes, sir.

Thank you, Your Honor.

The People rest.

[ Narrator ] Both men received

a sentence of 99 years... be served in Stateville Penitentiary.

This happened in November 1933.

Frank and Tomek went to prison.

The case was forgotten for 11 years.

Forgotten until October 10, 1944...

...when a small advertisement appeared in

the classified section of the Chicago Times.


Yes, sir?

- Get me the file on John W. Bundy...

...cop killed in '32.

- All right.

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Jerome Cady

Jerome Cady (August 15, 1903 – November 7, 1948) was a Hollywood screenwriter. What promised to be a lucrative and successful career as a film writer - graduating up from Charlie Chan movies in the late 1930s to such well respected war films as Guadalcanal Diary (1943), a successful adaptation of Forever Amber (1947) and the police procedural Call Northside 777 (1948) - came to an abrupt end when he died of a sleeping pill overdose onboard his yacht off Catalina Island in 1948. At the time of his death, he was doing a treatment for a documentary on the Northwest Mounted Police. There was a Masonic funeral service for him. He received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Wing and a Prayer in 1944. A native of West Virginia, Cady started as a newspaper copy boy. He was later a reporter with the Los Angeles Record, before joining the continuity staff of KECA-KFI, Los Angeles in June 1932. He spent time in New York in the 1930s with Fletcher & Ellis Inc. as its director of radio, returning to Los Angeles in 1936. He joined 20th Century Fox in 1940, having previously been employed at RKO between radio jobs.. more…

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