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directed by John Reinhardt
USA 1952


Bill Cannon (Dan Duryea) loses everything to alcohol: his job, his family, his self-respect. Soon after his wife and daughter leave him, he receives word his little girl has been injured in a car accident outside Chicago. His wife will call later with news, but Bill’s short the $53 he needs to keep his phone from being disconnected. Filled with anguish, he heads out onto the Los Angeles streets to find some way to come up with the cash. As his character encounters expected cruelty and unexpected kindness, Duryea takes what might have been mere melodrama and turns it into a perceptive examination of one shattered soul. The other fine star of this race-against-the-clock programmer is an unglamorous, lunch-bucket L.A. rarely captured on film.


Theatrical Release: 1952 USA

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:14:39

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.14 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 Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
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Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: January 25th, 2011
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Despite its noir-sounding title that is reminiscent to a few noirs with windy city in its heading (Chicago Confidential, Chicago Deadline, Chicago Syndicate), Chicago Calling is actually just a straight drama with an excellent, underrated Dan Duryea, this time playing a protagonist. Gordon Gebert, a young boy befriended by Dan Dureya, is another film noir veteran - he has major roles on The House on Telegraph Hill and The Narrow Margin. The B-picture is masterfully photographed by Robert De Grasse in and around LA.

The single-layered MOD disc from Warner Archive is very good quality, despite a few damaged frames and the usual wear and tear of an archive print, including cigarette burns. The audio is consistent, although I did hear a few pops early in the picture. There are no subtitles provided, per usual standard, and no trailer. Despite a few shortcomings, this is a very well executed drama that can be recommended for Dan Duryea's masterful performance alone.

  - Gregory Meshman


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