Naked City (1958–1963)
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Today the Man Who Kills Ants Is Coming 

A mentally-stressed police officer suffers a debilitating breakdown over his family's poor financial condition, catalyzed by missing button on his uniform.


Robert Gist


Howard Rodman, Ken Trevey (story) (as Kenneth Trevey) | 1 more credit »

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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
John Larch ... John Clinton
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Lillian Clinton
Milt Kamen Milt Kamen ... Officer Novi
Roger C. Carmel ... Lowell F. Newton
James Greene ... Prisoner
Jimmy Little Jimmy Little ... Sgt. Max Higgins (as James Little)
Billy McNally Billy McNally ... Johnny Clinton
Susan Fitzgerald Susan Fitzgerald ... Kathy Clinton
Carmen Costi Carmen Costi ... 1st Policeman
Ed Crowley ... Druggist
Alfred Hinckley Alfred Hinckley ... Patrolman Eckert


A mentally-stressed police officer suffers a debilitating breakdown over his family's poor financial condition, catalyzed by missing button on his uniform.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller






Release Date:

7 March 1962 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


During a 'roll call' of police officers for a special assignment, the sergeant calls out the name 'Silliphant', not the most common name in the world. Stirling Silliphant is the executive story consultant for the series. See more »

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He's having a very, very bad day...
2 February 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

John Larch stars as Officer Clinton--a cop who's feeling overwhelmed and at the end of this ropes. When the show begins, his wife is talking to him about all their expenses and it's obvious Clinton is at a loss what to do. When he gets to work, Clinton finds out that there's been a complaint made about him. And, as the show progresses, Clinton behaves sicker and sicker in the mind. It's obvious he's having some sort of nervous breakdown or schizophrenic break but why the time others realize it, it's too late--Clinton loses his mind and is now a danger to himself and others.

There is another subplot involving a private detective (Roger Carmel) whose gun permit isn't quite in order. In fact, because the Lieutenant is so busy with this, he is distracted from Clinton's case.

This installment of "The Naked City" is nice because it addresses something most police shows don't talk about--stress and the toll it takes on the officers. However, a pointless whale joke as well as an ending that made no sense (why, after disarming Clinton did they have him sit at a table where about 30 guns are resting?!) and so it loses a couple points. Worth seeing.

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