Naked City

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THERE ARE EIGHT MILLION STORIES IN THE NAKED CITY... One of the most innovative police shows in television history, and hailed by Time magazine as "not just another cop show," NAKED CITY puts a human face on crime, going beyond a simplistic portrayal of good vs. evil to delve into the complex personal dramas of the people involved.
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Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Meridian
    September 29, 1958
    26min
    7+
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    Shortly after being assigned to work together, Muldoon and Halloran are called to the lavish New York Coliseum,where two young thugs who've just shot a policeman during a robbery have taken two sporting-goods clerks as hostages.
  2. 2. Nickel Ride
    October 6, 1958
    26min
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    Muldoon and Halloran board the Staten Island Ferry to persuade an old friend , the ferryboat captain, to retire. A gang holds up an armored car carrying bank deposits, and the mob's leader shoots a fireman in the engine room, where the two policemen are stopped at gunpoint.
  3. 3. Line of Duty
    October 13, 1958
    26min
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    After killing his first man in the line of duty, Halloran is overcome with remorse, made worse when his victim's mother hysterically calls him a murderer.
  4. 4. Sidewalk Fisherman
    October 20, 1958
    26min
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    An elderly friend of Muldoon's ekes out his living by retrieving coins dropped through subway gratings, and has saved enough to adopt an eight -year-old orphan, but he's turned down because he has no permanent residence.
  5. 5. Violent Circle
    October 27, 1958
    26min
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    After witnessing a man murdered by a gangster, a man is so shocked chat he's committed to a mental hospital. When he's murdered to ensure that he won't testify in the case, Halloran is admitted to the hospital as a patient in an effort to find the murderer.
  6. 6. Stakeout
    November 3, 1958
    26min
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    When a detective friend of Muldoon's is killed on duty, his partner reports that he was shot while running away. Not believing his friend to be a coward, Muldoon gets the partner assigned to him during a stakeout designed to trap the killers, and finds out who the real coward was.
  7. 7. No More Rumbles
    November 10, 1958
    26min
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    When a teenage gang member is killed during a street war, the detectives go to the dress factory where one of the gang members works to persuade him to identify the killer. The boy clams up, and is later selected by his gang to murder the young man in revenge.
  8. 8. Belvedere Tower
    November 17, 1958
    26min
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    A robber attacks milkmen and dons their uniforms to gain entry to the homes of wealthy people away for the summer. After killing a policeman who's discovered him, he takes refuge in a weather station in Central Park, armed with a shotgun.
  9. 9. The Bird Guard
    November 24, 1958
    26min
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    After a man is murdered by gangsters, Halloran tries to protect the victim's girlfriend who's the next target. He and the girl end up surrounded by four mobsters in a lighthouse on a small island.
  10. 10. The Other Face of Goodness
    December 1, 1958
    26min
    7+
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    A college student on the brink of insanity, after reading accounts of a frantic search for the killer of several young pregnant women, confesses to the murders. Released after police conclude his innocence, his mind cracks when he hears that the real killer has been found, and he tries to strangle a pregnant neighbor.
  11. 11. Lady Bug, Lady Bug
    December 8, 1958
    26min
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    An extortionist forces a man to collect $250,000 from residents of fashionable Sutton Place, but the man decides to go to the police, though in doing so, he puts his son's life on the line.
  12. 12. Suquehanna 4-7568
    December 15, 1958
    26min
    7+
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    Police are skeptical of a woman's story that she answered her phone and heard a lady being murdered. A reporter prints her story and she's contacted by a young man whom she begins to date. When Muldoon learns some information that makes him believe the woman, he trails his lead to her suitor's place of work, where he's about to kill her after confessing to the murder she heard on the phone.
  13. 13. And a Merry Christmas to the Force on Patrol
    December 22, 1958
    26min
    7+
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    A officer is stabbed in a Christmas Eve liquor store stakeout with Muldoon, and Halloran is called in to hunt for one of the robbers, who escaped. The other thief refuses to disclose their hideout until he hears that his partner, his younger brother, was wounded before escaping.
  14. 14. The Explosive Heart
    December 29, 1958
    26min
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    Waking up in a hospital after almost being killed by her husband's beating, a woman tells police that he's planted a bomb on her father's yacht. Halloran finds the man and kills him in a gun battle, while Muldoon manages to find the bomb two minutes before it blows up.
  15. 15. The Manhole
    January 5, 1959
    26min
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    When an elderly sewer worker learns that his son is the leader of a street gang, he begs him vainly to reform, and then tells police about his association. When the gang uses the sewers to escape after a jewel robbery, the old man follows them into the underground passages.
  16. 16. Even Crows Sing Good
    January 12, 1959
    26min
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    A woman who's been kept from marrying her boyfriend because they're poor wins $1600 in the numbers game and tells her fiance she inherited the money. But when she goes to collect it, she's badly beaten by a racketeer, and her fiance goes after him with a gun.
  17. 17. Burst of Passion
    January 19, 1959
    26min
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    One of the most respectable people in Halloran's neighborhood suddenly goes berserk and starts shooting shopkeepers and their customers. Halloran remembers that the man has taken some children on a picnic to Coney Island and and tails him there to beg him to surrender.
  18. 18. Goodbye My Lady Love
    January 26, 1959
    26min
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    Matty, a derelict who dreams of returning to his hometown on a white stallion, buys a horse after some $100 bills land in his lap. The money had blown away from a hood who had just murdered a man, and Matty is arrested for the crime, as his Bowery friends search for the killer.
  19. 19. The Shield
    February 2, 1959
    26min
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    Against the wishes of Muldoon, the son of a patrolman takes over his father's beat after the father gets stabbed.
  20. 20. One to Get Lost
    February 9, 1959
    26min
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    A man is sought by police after his wife's murder because his cigarette case was found in her apartment, but he believes the real murderer is an elevator operator whom he sets out with a gun to find.
  21. 21. Hey, Teach!
    February 16, 1959
    26min
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    When a teacher is found dead on the sidewalk below his third story classroom, Halloran poses as his replacement in the delinquent-ridden school, hoping to crack the case.
  22. 22. Ticker Tape
    February 23, 1959
    26min
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    When police receive a phone call from a psychotic man announcing he's going to plant a bomb during a parade honoring an Olympic hero, Muldoon and Halloran are assigned to detect and stop him during the procession.
  23. 23. Fire Island
    March 2, 1959
    26min
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    A bootlegger operating a still on Fire Island in the dead of winter against his partners' wishes hires a killer to protect the operation. When the killer mows down a Treasury agent, Muldoon and Halloran track down the killer and close in on the bootleggers.
  24. 24. Ten Cent Dreams
    March 9, 1959
    26min
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    A poor Puerto Rican couple finds $10 and bets it on the numbers, winning $6,000. Upon depositing it at the bank, they find the cash is counterfeit , and the scared husband flees.
  25. 25. The Bumper
    March 16, 1959
    26min
    7+
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    When Muldoon and Arcaro transport a material witness to jail, a hitman known as "The Bumper" forces the detective's car into an oil truck. In the flaming explosion Muldoon is burnt to death. Heartbroken, Halloran makes an all-out effort to get the killer.
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Directors
John BrahmStuart RosenbergWilliam BeaudineDouglas HeyesPaul Wendkos
Producers
RLJ Entertainment
Season year
1959
Network
ABC
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JSReviewed in the United States on June 18, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
"Fire Island"
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“Fire Island” is the story of a band of bootleggers who confront the NYPD at the title location. I don’t want to overhype a simple half-hour cop drama, but I see ”Fire Island” as a model of crisp, artful, evocative storytelling. Student filmmakers would do well to study the visual and narrative skill on display here.

The unique element of this episode is the setting, which is a far cry from the series’ usual jumbled urban landscape. The main location is the bootleggers’ hideout, a boarded-up shack surrounded by hard sand and seagrass. The only approach to the house is a narrow wooden walkway, and where the walkway meets the house, a belt-fed World War II machine gun has been mounted behind a barrier of sandbags. The gun is manned day and night by a psychopathic guard hired by the bootleggers to protect their still. The scene is surreal. The outsized gun and its trigger-happy attendant are a force that is all out of proportion to what it is being guarded; and the shack seems too remote to be threatened by anyone. The wooden walkway becomes a passage to hell, and only one of the people from the shack makes it out alive.

The mise-en-scene is stripped down, almost abstract. Besides the house and its desolate environs, all we see are winter beaches and water —a wonderful Dali-esque backdrop for cops in long overcoats and wide-brimmed hats. I get a little shiver when Lieutenant Muldoon looks across the water at a faint grey shape and says, “That’s Fire Island out there, isn’t it?” He might as well have said, “I will show you fear in a handful of dust.”

At the heart of the episode are the tensions that play out between the people in the shack: an old man, his grandson, a hired hand, and the crazy guard. The grandson is disturbed by his grandfather’s decision to bring in the guard, who becomes more of a menace to the bootleggers themselves than to any would-be intruders. This is a sharp little drama about the tensions between family and the cruel world outside…or the consequences of making a deal with the Devil—whatever. The real draw here is the art of figures moving on a landscape.
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Al AReviewed in the United States on January 22, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great stories.
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The first season of Naked City is excellent with great stories and the local setting in old school New York is great. The episodes are only half hour episodes but are very well written and acted.
SternoReviewed in the United States on April 26, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent!
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Excellent series from the early days of television.
Rosemary's BabyReviewed in the United States on December 1, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
First Year one half hour but a long half hour not 21 minutes
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I bought the old versions some were in bad shape but this the quality is fantastic. I love this series, sad that it went only four seasons, but the big city life filmed right there in New York was great wish they do more of that, they sure do it here in Los Angeles.
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J. BertramReviewed in the United States on July 5, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
NYC in the fifties
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I first watched these with my bride on our 14 " TV with our '55 Olds Starfire convertible in the driveway. The harbor and NYC skyline
before the trade center was built are fascinating. The cars are "wrap around windshield" mid 50's models and worth the price of the DVD set. Most of the scenes were shot right on the streets. Great stuff!!
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connieReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
I STILL ENJOY THEM.
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I REMEMBER WATCHING THESE TV SHOW WHEN I WAS YOUNG...I STILL ENJOY THEM...THEY ARE 1/2 HOUR SHOWS SHOWING THE NEW YORK CITY POLICE DETECTIVES SOLVING CRIME IN THE CITY...IT WAS AND STILL IS GOOD TV...REALLY GOOD FILM NOIR IN A WAY..TOTALLY ENJOYABLE...
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M. RanoReviewed in the United States on November 13, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
watched it then and enjoy it now
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How well written and acted, stands up today as well as it was in 1959, I grew up in the middle of NYC. watched it then and enjoy it now. BRAVO to all involved !
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arleneReviewed in the United States on March 11, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Naked City
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So glad to be able to have another James Franciscus series.
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