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Albert Maltz (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
4 March 1948 (USA) See more »
RAW LIFE! REAL LIFE! RECKLESS LIFE! (re-release print ad - all caps) See more »
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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Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Wears well after all these years See more (76 total) »


  (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 ... Captain Donahue

Ted de Corsia ... 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 ... 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 (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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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?

Producer Mark Hellinger, who narrates the movie, died of a heart attack before the film was released into theaters. Following Hellinger's death, executives at Universal Studios were ready to scrap the movie. They had no idea how to market it, and feared it would be a box office failure. But Hellinger's family reminded the studio that Hellinger's contract for the film included a "guarantee of release" clause from Universal. Having no choice, Universal released the film in theaters, and were surprised when it became a hit, and received two Oscars.See more »
Continuity: During the end pursuit, Garzah walks past a plump, dark-haired lady in a floral dress, pushing a baby in a stroller. As Donahue pursues in a following scene, he passes the same woman, now walking without her baby carriage and her left hand bandaged.See more »
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:
Referenced in This Theatre and You (1948)See more »
Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)See more »


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18 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Wears well after all these years, 25 December 1999
Author: garynoir from NYC

After a half century, Naked City still stands out as one of the best on-location movies filmed in New York City. It wasn't all that unique -- quite a few movies were filmed on location in the city back then. (A 1950 movie called "Side Street," which actually has a more interesting plot, also was filmed entirely on location and aped the narration bookends.) What makes this one different is the use of locations, which has never been better. Also this one had very strong performances, particularly from Barry Fitzgerald. Dig the way he steals every scene he's in.

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