Naked City (1958–1963)
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Kill Me While I'm Young So I Can Die Happy! 

A recently-retired policewoman who is facing her own mortality discovers, with the help of Detective Arcaro, how she has missed so many opportunities for happiness.


Denis Sanders


Abram S. Ginnes


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Episode complete credited cast:
Paul Burke ... Det. Adam Flint
Horace McMahon ... Lt. Mike Parker
Harry Bellaver ... Det. Frank Arcaro
Maureen Stapleton ... Ruth Callan
Jan Miner Jan Miner ... Superintendent
Rosetta Veneziano Rosetta Veneziano ... Mrs. Arcaro (as Rosetta Veneziani)
Joseph Bernard Joseph Bernard ... Assistant D.A. Colby
House Jameson ... Judge
Franklin Cover ... Steelworker
Tom Geraghty Tom Geraghty ... Winters
Joseph Beruh Joseph Beruh ... Joe Arcaro


A recently-retired policewoman who is facing her own mortality discovers, with the help of Detective Arcaro, how she has missed so many opportunities for happiness.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller





Release Date:

17 October 1962 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Character's last name spelled "Cullan" in credits is pronounced "Callan" throughout. See more »


[first lines]
[Ruth Callan is standing on the roof ledge of an apartment building and appears ready to jump off]
Narrator: It's true. You do remember snatches of your life, very clearly, too. For Ruth Callan, 48, it was Armistice Day. Which one? It didn't matter. It happened every Armistice Day. Papa drunk, reliving his moment of glory in World War I, putting Mama through the manual of arms early in the morning, while the neighbors laughed: "Left face!"; "Right face!"; "Present arms!" And Mama, presenting ...
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They Don't Make Shows Like This Anymore!
27 January 2010 | by DoloresHaze-1See all my reviews

A 'slice of life' drama - Naked City was filmed on the streets of New York. This wonderfully acted episode was a unique story of a lonely dying traffic dept. worker and her budding romance with Harry Belaver's regular cop character (Frank Arcaro). The scenes with Arcaro and his Italian mother reminded of Marty with Ernest Borgnine. I loved the party scene with Arcaro's Italian relatives dancing and his mother disapproving of the "Irish" Maureen Stapleton (playing a 48 year old at 38!). Wonderful scenes set in gritty apartment and office buildings, restaurants, bars, bowling alleys, etc. I suspect a lot of the extras WERE real New York people - waitresses and salespeople, etc. This particular episode was extremely touching, but the great thing about this series is that every episode was completely different. Well written stories about immigrants, bums, serial killers, lonely people, vengeful spouses, oddballs and eccentrics - well, like they say: "there are eight million stories in the Naked City and this was one of them!"

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