CALL NORTHSIDE 77

(1948)
With James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb, Helen Walker, E.G. Marshall, Betty Garde
Directed by Henry Hathaway
Reviewed by JL

    James Stewart plays a cynical reporter who gradually comes to believe in the innocence of a man convicted and imprisoned for murder 10 years ago.  Filmed in documentary style, complete with stentorian-voiced narrator, CALL NORTHSIDE 777 is an effective noir mystery, engrossing throughout even if about 15 minutes of trimming wouldn't have hurt it a bit.  In his only appearance in a hard-boiled film noir, Stewart proves himself a natural for the genre. 4 - JL 

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