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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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Jimmy Halloran
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Captain Donahue
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Willly Garzah (as Ted De Corsia)
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Dr. Stoneman
Anne Sargent ...
Mrs. Halloran
Adelaide Klein ...
Mrs. Batory
Grover Burgess ...
Mr. Batory
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Enid Markey ...
Mrs. Hylton
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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 »


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4 March 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Homicide  »

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$2,400,000, 31 December 1948
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jean Dexter's apartment building is shown as "52 West 83rd Street." The facade is actually the Lathrop, at 46 West 83rd St., a short walk from Central Park. The Lathrop was built after the turn of the 20th century. Now condos, a 2 bedroom unit at the Lathrop now advertises for > $1,400,000. See more »

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In the scene where New York's East Side is being introduced, a set of headlights can be seen appearing and disappearing near the center of the shot. 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 »

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References Blaze of Noon (1947) 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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One of the 8,000,000 Stories of New York City
12 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

In New York, the model Jean Dexter is found dead in the bathtub of her apartment apparently after committing suicide. However, the coroner concludes that she was actually murdered with a simulation of suicide. The experienced Homicide Lieutenant Detective Dan Muldoon (Barry Fitzgerald) initiates his investigations with Detective Jimmy Halloran (Don Taylor) and his team, and the prime suspect becomes Jean's friend Frank Niles (Howard Duff), who he an alibi but tells many lies in his statement.

The director Jules Dassin from the masterpiece "Du Rififi Chez Les Hommes" and "Night and the City" presents "The Naked City" totally filmed in locations of New York City and with actors interacting with common people on the streets like in the Italian Neo-Realism. The introduction is unique, with the credits narrated by the producer Mark Hellinger like in a documentary, and I do not recall any other movie with this characteristic. The screenplay discloses a great detective story, very well acted with Barry Fitzgerald playing a cynical and smart lieutenant and Don Taylor an inexperienced and family man detective. In the conclusion, the narrator tells that this is one of the 8,000,000 stories of the naked city, in a time where New York City had only this population (against more than 20 million inhabitants of the present days). My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Cidade Nua" ("Naked City")

Note: On 27 May 2016, I saw this film again.


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