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Writers:
Albert Maltz (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
4 March 1948 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
RAW LIFE! REAL LIFE! RECKLESS LIFE! (re-release print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
New York City film noir about two detectives investigating the death of an attractive young woman. The apparent suicide turns out to be murder. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
There are 8 Million Stories in the Naked City. This is the one that started it all See more (75 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barry Fitzgerald ... Det. Lt. Dan Muldoon

Howard Duff ... Frank Niles

Dorothy Hart ... Ruth Morrison
Don Taylor ... Jimmy Halloran
Frank Conroy ... Capt. Donahue

Ted de Corsia ... Willly Garzah (as Ted De Corsia)
House Jameson ... Dr. Stoneman
Anne Sargent ... Mrs. Halloran
Adelaide Klein ... Mrs. Batory
Grover Burgess ... Mr. Batory
Tom Pedi ... Detective Perelli
Enid Markey ... Mrs. Hylton
Mark Hellinger ... Narrated By (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Adair ... Little Old Lady (uncredited)
Celia Adler ... Dress Shop Proprietress (uncredited)
Janie Alexander ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Joyce Allen ... Shopgirl (uncredited)

Beverly Bayne ... Mrs. Stoneman (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Detective (uncredited)
Harris Brown ... Harvey - Building Superintendent (uncredited)
Ralph Bunker ... Medical Examiner Hoffman (uncredited)
Walter Burke ... Pete Backalis (uncredited)
Alexander Campbell ... Policeman (uncredited)
Retta Coleman ... Crippled Girl (uncredited)

G. Pat Collins ... Charles Meade - Parole Officer (uncredited)
Curt Conway ... Det. Nick - Fingerprint Man (uncredited)

Russ Conway ... Ambulance Doctor (uncredited)
Grace Coppin ... Miss Livingston (uncredited)
William Cottrell ... Bisbee (uncredited)
Harold Crane ... Man (uncredited)
Sarah Cunningham ... Nurse (uncredited)
Johnny Dale ... Mr. Stillman (uncredited)
Denise Doyle ... Girl Child (uncredited)

Paul Ford ... Henry Fowler (uncredited)
Andre D. Foster ... Jeweler (uncredited)

Kathleen Freeman ... Stout Girl on Elevated Train (uncredited)
Pearl Gaines ... Mrs. Hylton's Maid (uncredited)
Earle Gilbert ... Banker (uncredited)
Bruce Gordon ... Cop at Williamsburg Bridge (uncredited)
William E. Green ... Man (uncredited)
Raymond Greenleaf ... City Editor (uncredited)

James Gregory ... Patrolman Albert Hicks (uncredited)
Bobby Gusehoff ... Child (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Cop (uncredited)
Robert H. Harris ... Druggist (uncredited)
Stevie Harris ... Billy Halloran (uncredited)
Bern Hoffman ... Wrestler (uncredited)
Cavada Humphrey ... Mother (uncredited)
Edwin Jerome ... Publisher (uncredited)
Reggie Jouvain ... Boy Child (uncredited)
Nicholas Joy ... Mr. McCormick (uncredited)
Joseph Karney ... Wrestler (uncredited)
Kermit Kegley ... Qualen (uncredited)
Albert Kelley ... Newsboy (uncredited)
David Kermen ... Patrolman (uncredited)
Joe Kerr ... Ned Harvey (uncredited)
Judson Laire ... Publisher (uncredited)
Charles Latorella ... Boy Child (uncredited)
Maureen Latorella ... Girl Child (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... Police Photographer (uncredited)
Marion Leeds ... Nurse (uncredited)
Judith Suzanne Locker ... Girl Child (uncredited)

George Lynn ... Det. Fredericks (uncredited)

John Marley ... Managing Editor (uncredited)
Diana Pat Marlow ... Girl Child (uncredited)
Norma Jane Marlow ... Girl Child (uncredited)
Margaret McAndrew ... Girl Child (uncredited)
Marsha McClelland ... Girl Child (uncredited)
John McQuade ... Det. Dace Constantino (uncredited)
Carl Milletaire ... Young Man Who Confesses to Dexter Murder (uncredited)
Virginia Mullen ... Martha Swenson (uncredited)
John Joseph Mulligan ... Boy Child (uncredited)

Arthur O'Connell ... Sgt. Shaeffer (uncredited)
Blanche Obronska ... Mother (uncredited)
David Opatoshu ... Sgt. Dave Miller (uncredited)

Nehemiah Persoff ... Smiling Man Departing Subway (uncredited)

Molly Picon ... Soda-Selling Shopkeeper (uncredited)

John Randolph ... Police Dispatcher (uncredited)
Anthony Rivers ... Ed Garzah (uncredited)
Amelia Romano ... Shopgirl (uncredited)
Clifford Sales ... Boy Child (uncredited)
Carole Selvester ... Girl Child (uncredited)
Richard W. Shankland ... Blind Man (uncredited)
George Sherwood ... Patrolman (uncredited)
Gregg Sherwood ... (uncredited)
Lee Shumway ... Patrolman (uncredited)
Ralph Simone ... Old Gentleman (uncredited)
Hester Sondergaard ... Miss Owens - Stoneman's Nurse (uncredited)
Mildred Stronger ... Girl Child (uncredited)
Elliott Sullivan ... Wrestlers' Trainer (uncredited)
Charles P. Thompson ... Ticket Taker (uncredited)
Mervin Williams ... Records Clerk (uncredited)
Victor Zimmerman ... Patrolman (uncredited)

Directed by
Jules Dassin 
 
Writing credits
Albert Maltz (screenplay) &
Malvin Wald (screenplay)

Malvin Wald (from a story by)

Produced by
Jules Buck .... associate producer
Mark Hellinger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
Frank Skinner 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (director of photography) (as William Daniels)
 
Film Editing by
Paul Weatherwax (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
John DeCuir (art direction) (as John F. DeCuir)
 
Set Decoration by
Oliver Emert (set decorations)
Russell A. Gausman (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Grace Houston (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Carmen Dirigo .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup
 
Production Management
Gilbert Kurland .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Frank .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Vernon W. Kramer .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bert Anderson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Howard Block .... camera operator (uncredited)
Arthur 'Weegee' Fellig .... still photographer (uncredited)
Den Hokins .... grip (uncredited)
Lew Schwartz .... camera operator (uncredited)
Roy Tripp .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joy Thorpe .... dress shop
 
Music Department
Milton Schwarzwald .... musical supervisor
George Bassman .... music director (uncredited)
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Mary Chaffee .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Connie Earl .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
96 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1948) | Norway:16 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (video rating) (2009) | USA:Approved (PCA #12860) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
A young Stanley Kubrick was sometimes present on the set taking photographs for Look magazineSee more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: In the scene near the end where Garza is running along a street in New York, the car holding the camera (in the passenger window) is visible in the store windows, keeping pace with the actor as he stops and starts.See more »
Quotes:
Muldoon:After Niles has been rifling through his valise apparently to check whether a supposed burglar has struck: "He got it didn't they?
Frank Niles:Looking crestfallen: "No, there's nothing missing. I don't have any valuables".
Muldoon:Suspiciously: "What were you looking for so hard just now - your BVD's?"
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Movie Orgy (1968)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)See more »

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62 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
There are 8 Million Stories in the Naked City. This is the one that started it all, 9 August 1999
Author: JB-12 from Long Island NY

There are 8 Million Stories in the Naked City. This is the one that started it all. And what a start it was. While "The Naked City" is considered "Film-Noir" by many who have seen it, in truth it is simply a routine detective story. What makes the film as great as it is(and it is a great film)is the Oscar winning photography by William Daniels who shot the film not in a studio but on the streets and in the buildings of "The Naked City", New York City.

From the very opening of the film when Producer-Narrator Mark Hellinger introduces himself and tells you that this film "is quite different from anything you've ever seen", the viewer is hooked. And it is not by the story but by the city.

Hellinger's cast did not consist of any major players. Barry Fitzgerald, stars as Lieutenant Muldoon, the head of the Homicide Squad, Don Taylor is Jimmy Halloran, Muldoon"s "leg work" man. Howard Duff is the slimy Niles and Dorothy Hart, a beautiful actress who should have gone on to bigger and better things, was a model. They were all perfect. Ted De Corsia in his first screen role, played Willie Garzah the killer. His death scene at the top of the Williamsburg Bridge is memorable. He nearly steals the picture but not from the actors, but from the city who is the real "star" of the film.

Hellinger was formerly a New York Newspaper man. He started his Hollywood career as a screenwriter and among his successes was the 1939 Bogart-Cagney classic, "The Roaring Twenties" another film about New York. The city was very personal to him.

The sad part of the film is the tragedy of some of the major participants. Hellinger died of a heart attach shortly after the release. He was only 44.

Albert Maltz who co-wrote the screenplay was blacklisted as being one of the Hollywood 10, and didn't work for decades. Jules Dassin the director fled to Europe because of threats of blacklisting. He later made the classic "Rififi" and Oscar winners, "Topkapi" and "Never On Sunday". We can only wonder what might have been had this association continued.

What we do know is that "The Naked City" still lives on. You can see it in nearly every episode of the TV his "Law & Order". And as long as those skyscrapers of New York stand, there will always be a "Naked City"

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