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In 1932, Frank Wiecek (Richard Conte) is convicted of the murder of a Chicago policeman in a mob-connected speakeasy. Eleven years later, his mother, Tillie (Kasia Orzazewski), takes out a newspaper classified ad asking for information about the crime. Hard-bitten city editor Brian Kelly (Lee J. Cobb) assigns skeptical reporter P.J. McNeal (James Stewart) to investigate. The first studio feature ever shot on location in Chicago, the film is based on a true story.

Release Date

March 1948

Running Time

111 minutes

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James Stewart

James Stewart

Richard Conte

Richard Conte

Lee J. Cobb

Lee J. Cobb

Helen Walker

Helen Walker


Director Henry Hathaway

Screenplay Jerome Cady, Jay Dratler, Leonard Hoffman (adaptation), Quentin Reynolds (adaptation)

Producer Otto Lang

Cinematography Joseph MacDonald

Editing J. Watson Webb Jr.

Music Alfred Newman

Distributor 20th Century Fox

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