Big screen classics

Call Northside 777

Neo-realism Hollywood-style, as James Stewart’s cynical journalist covers a woman’s campaign to prove her son’s innocence.

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USA 1948
Dir Henry Hathaway
With James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J Cobb, Helen Walker
111min
Digital 4K
Certificate PG

In one of the finest postwar Twentieth Century Fox crime films shot on location, Stewart excels as a cynical journalist who hopes for a scoop in covering a woman’s campaign to prove her son innocent of murder, only to become committed to the cause as his investigations proceed. Joe MacDonald’s typically great camerawork and the uniformly fine performances of a strong cast make for gripping drama.

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