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The Naked City (1948)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 4 March 1948 (USA)
New York City film noir about two detectives investigating the death of an attractive young woman. The apparent suicide turns out to be murder.

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Cast

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Ruth Morrison
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James Halloran
Frank Conroy ...
Capt. Sam Donahue
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Willly Garzah (as Ted De Corsia)
House Jameson ...
Dr. Lawrence Stoneman
Anne Sargent ...
Janet Halloran
Adelaide Klein ...
Mrs. Batory
Grover Burgess ...
Mr. Batory
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Detective Perelli
Enid Markey ...
Mrs. Hylton
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Storyline

Amid a semi-documentary portrait of New York and its people, Jean Dexter, an attractive blonde model, is murdered in her apartment. Homicide detectives Dan Muldoon and Jimmy Halloran investigate. Suspicion falls on various shifty characters who all prove to have some connection with a string of apartment burglaries. Then a burglar is found dead who once had an elusive partner named Willie. The climax is a very rapid manhunt sequence. Filmed entirely on location in New York City. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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RAW LIFE! REAL LIFE! RECKLESS LIFE! (re-release print ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 March 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Muldoon and Halloran are shown entering an apartment house on Park Avenue, the awning shows the address "478". The building is actually 480 Park Avenue, one of the residential buildings designed by noted architect Emory Roth. See more »

Goofs

When the police visit Ed Garzah's (the killer's brother) work site, Ed is shown holding a small hammer (8 or 12 ounce). Considering he is doing rough carpentry, apparently building forms for concrete, he would be using a heavier hammer (16 ounce or more). See more »

Quotes

Shop girl: I can't imagine!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are spoken by producer/narrator Mark Hellinger. No credits are seen on the screen. See more »

Connections

Featured in Visions of Light (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)
(1887) (uncredited)
Written by Juventino Rosas
Background music for the girls on swings
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Great Scenes from New York City in 1948
28 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a great Film Noir movie which I enjoyed very much. My favorite part is watching all the 100's of people on the streets on New York City not having a clue that the are immortalized in this motion picture. I love to freeze frame the street scenes and view how life was like in 1948. So many surprises, for example in the phone booth scene, notice the two men peering out the window in the store across the street. I think those guys were aware of the filming, but as the scene continued, they went back to serving their customers. Just plain magic. There is also a cool goof in this film. Note during the train station chase scene, just after Frank runs by, the director or a film crew member turns towards the camera and yells what I believe is "CUT"...So Fun....I'll see again and again and again!


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