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

And get at McNeal.

- Yes, sir.

Kelly wants you.

[ Typewriters Clacking ]

Check this.

What do you make of it?

Well, I want to know why

it's worth 5,000 bucks... someone to find out

who killed a cop 11 years ago.

Well, 1932 was open season for cops.

Over on the Northside, they were

shootin' 'em in pairs, like a brace of ducks.

This is all I could find on that cop

killed in 1932-- that Bundy guy, Mr. Kelly.

Now, you see what I mean?

He didn't rate much.

- It wouldn't hurt to check it.

You might get your name in the paper.

This is sucker bait.

Every grifter and mooch

in town'll be after that five grand.

They'll frame their brothers to get it.

Maybe this is a frame.

There's a lot of angles in this city.

You see what I mean?

Just takes you longer to catch on, that's all.

I was just thinkin' about it.

I'm lookin' for Tillie Wiecek.

Uh, what you want?

- I called Northside 777...

...and they said I'd find her here.

- I'm Tillie.

You run this ad?

Yes. That's for me.

You know something?

- No. No, no.

No, I'm a reporter for the Chicago Times.

We'd like to know why you're so interested

in finding the killers of this cop.

Frank Wiecek is my son.

I his mother.

My son's in prison for killing him.

He didn't do it.

My friends, they tell me

if I offer big money...

...maybe somebody will tell

who killed the policeman.

Now, you mean, your son's in prison

for killin' the cop, that right?

Yes. But he don't do it.

My Frank's a good boy.

He don't do this thing.

l-- About this $5,000...

...where'd you get it?

Is that important?

- Oh, yeah. Yeah, it's very important.

Where he got it, where you got it,

might have a lot to do with the case.

He might have had it

hidden away someplace.

Maybe you got it from some mob

that's tryin' to spring him.

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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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