Naked City (1958–1963)
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The Sweetly Smiling Face of Truth 

A Broadway agent dies in an actress' apartment and the detectives must discern who among those present is telling the truth: the actress, the married actor with whom she is having an affair, or the actor's chauffeur.


James Sheldon


Gilbert Ralston


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Burke ... Det. Adam Flint
Horace McMahon ... Lt. Mike Parker
Harry Bellaver ... Det. Frank Arcaro
Nancy Malone ... Libby Kingston
Nina Foch ... Kitty Lamson
Patrick O'Neal ... Roy Pressfield
Shirl Conway Shirl Conway ... Emma Pressfield
Lincoln Kilpatrick ... Cappy Fleers
Lonny Chapman ... Asst. D.A. Chuck Smith
Jacob Kalich Jacob Kalich ... Danny Froken
Robert Dryden Robert Dryden ... Police Surgeon
Ruth Volner Ruth Volner ... Rosa
Elizabeth Bader Elizabeth Bader ... Blondined Girl
Allan Frank Allan Frank ... Kitty Lamson's Lawyer (as Allen Frank)
Mel Ruick Mel Ruick ... Pressfield's Lawyer (as Melville Ruick)


A Broadway agent dies in an actress' apartment and the detectives must discern who among those present is telling the truth: the actress, the married actor with whom she is having an affair, or the actor's chauffeur.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller






Release Date:

25 April 1962 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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5 November 2012 | by sol-kaySee all my reviews

**SPOILERS** After a night of non stop drunken merry making chauffeur to the stars Cappy Fleers, Lincoln Kilpatrick, just had about all he could take in seeing his boss big time actor and down and out lush Ray Pressfield, Partick O'Neal, make a complete and sloppy fool of himself. Cappy then called Pressfield's agent Danny Froken, Jacob Kalich, to get him to both sober up and dry out. By the time Froken arrived at actress Kitty Lamson (Nina Foch), the women that Pressfield was getting drunk together with, pad he was out cold and she was acting crazy. During the ensuing argument that Froken had with Kitty he seemed to have lost his footing suffered a heart attack and fell backwards down a flight of stairs breaking his neck and thus killing himself! But that's not what Cappy reportedly said what happened when he called the police. He said it was cold blooded murder on Kitty's part! She push Froken to his death!

Facing life behind bars or even the electric chair if convicted on a murder charge Kitty really got panicky calling Pressfield's, who by now sobered up, old lady the long abused and suffering Mrs.Emma Pressfield, Shril Conway, to get Cappy to change his story about what happened that terrible evening. Emma for her part just about had with her always drunk, when he wasn't working, husband Ray and was ready to divorce him but in a way felt sorry for Kitty whom she felt was a victim of circumstances in this whole sorry matter. But it was up to Cappy not her to get Kitty off the hook. It's then when we get the real story behind Cappy's trying to get Kitty hung out to dry or in at that time, 1962, death penalty NY state electrocuted.

**SPOILERS*** Cappy as it turned out was motivated in his accusing Kitty of murdering his good and close friend agent Danny Froken because of the death of his own father who was killed in a coal mine disaster back in West Virginia when he still a teenager. Needing a father figure it was Danny Froken who became Cappy's surrogate father while he was working for the Pressfield family. And in him seeing his second father die right before his eyes Cappy wanted revenge against the person he held responsible for his death: Kitty Lamson. Something totally out of character for Cappy who never held a grudge or lied in his entire life.

Yes Kitty did in fact kill Danny Froken but with words not with actions on her part. In her letting the old guy have it with a stream of insults it drove his already weak heart to conk out. But that doesn't have to have Kitty end up behind bars for life or strapped into the Sing Sing hot seat! And it was the at first confused and now realizing the error in his ways Cappy who ended up straightening out the entire messy matter. Even if in the end he can be prosecuted by the D.A's office for making a false statement to the police!

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