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Posted by on Nov 26, 2010 in Kick-Back Friday

Kick-B(l)ack Friday: #144

Kick-B(l)ack Friday: #144


Call Northside 777 (1948): Another hybrid of film noir and neorealism. With Jimmy Stewart as a cynical reporter (is there any other kind?) and Richard Conte (The Godfather) as a very sympathetic Polish immigrant who is convicted of murdering a Chicago cop during Prohibition. Based on the real-life conviction and exoneration of Joseph Majczek* and cleverly adapted in docudrama style for the screen, Northside 777 is a strong example of the cinematic transition toward verisimilitude—by featuring on-site filming, relatively understated acting, and (then) state-of-the-art technology.

* Read a synopsis of true events at Northwestern’s Center for Wrongful Convictions.

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A native East Tennessean, Barbara Martin is a formerly practicing, board-certified neurologist who received her BS (psychology, summa cum laude) and MD from Duke University before completing her postgraduate training (internship, residency, fellowship) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has worked in academia, private practice, medical publishing, drug market research, and continuing medical education (CME). For the last 3 years, she has worked in a freelance capacity as a medical writer, analyst, and consultant. Follow Dr. Barbara Martin on and Twitter.