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(aka 'Calling Northside 777')

directed by Henry Hathaway
USA 1947


Henry Hathaway's "Call Northside 777" is a unique crime drama with a semi-documentary feel pulsing through it. It, perhaps, leans a little more in the realm of a straight 'murder mystery' than a bona-fide classic film noir. A true historical piece, portraying the dark side of Chicago during the Prohibition years through some characters who work in an newsroom. James Stewart as a sharp investigative reporter and fine support from Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb and Helen Walker. Essentially the plot runs as an eyewitness to a police officer murder sends a man to jail for a full 99 years. Eleven years later the convict's mother offers 5 thousand dollars to anyone proving her son is not guilty. The chase is on...

Gary W. Tooze


Theatrical Release: February 1st, 1948

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Distribution Fox Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:50:52 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.51 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0) 
Subtitles English, Spanish, None

Release Information:
Studio: Fox Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by authors and historians James Ursini and Alain Silver
• Fox Movietone news (motion picture stars attend premiere)
• Theatrical trailer

DVD Release Date: March 15th, 2005

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Seems on par with the Laura transfer. A little dusty but quite good overall. A few moments of strobing and chroma. Nice of Fox to include the original mono audio with the Stereo bumps in these Noirs. I haven't made it all the way through the commentary yet, but I expect it is the same flavor as "Panic in the Streets". Fox has done some work with these DVDs. Bravo. out of       

Gary W. Tooze

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