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Director:
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:
Amid a semi-documentary portrait of New York and its people, Jean Dexter, an attractive blonde model... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(38 articles)
TCM's Opening Night Red Carpet: Jones, O'Hara, Novak, O'Brien
 (From FilmExperience. 12 April 2014, 3:46 PM, PDT)

A Naked Face in The Crowded City
 (From CultureCatch. 8 April 2014, 5:33 AM, PDT)

The Unreal Real and the End of the Frame
 (From MUBI. 27 March 2014, 11:26 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Taut, tense semi-documentary style with great location shooting in New York City... See more (71 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 ... 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)
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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  (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 artist
 
Production Management
Gilbert Kurland .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Frank .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Vernon W. Kramer .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Anderson .... still photographer (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)
 
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Runtime:
96 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
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

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Trivia:
Life Magazine wrote that this film was producer Mark Hellinger's "personal love letter to New York" and that he was present on every location in New York, checking details and supervising it.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
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:
Referenced in Strongbad_email.exe (2004) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)See more »

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35 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Taut, tense semi-documentary style with great location shooting in New York City..., 11 October 2006
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

THE NAKED CITY is like watching a time capsule unfold of New York City in the late '40s--the cars, the subways, the bridges, the people bustling along busy streets totally unaware of filming (scenes were shot from cars with tinted windows and two-way mirrors), and at the center of it all is a rather routine detective story. But the difference is the style that director Jules Dassin gets out of his material, giving the drama a chance to build up the proper tension before the final shootout on city streets and bridges.

BARRY FITZGERALD is the detective with the very helpful sidekick DON TAYLOR, a young police officer from Queens who helps him track down the man responsible for the death of a pretty blonde in what the tabloids called "The Bathtub Murder". Both men are excellent as they follow a batch of clues to get to the bottom of the crime. HOWARD DUFF is also excellent as a man mixed up in the robberies, with DOROTHY HART as his unsuspecting sweetheart.

TED DeCORSIA, making his film debut, is the athletic villain, working out in his small apartment when detective Taylor finds him--but soon making his escape which leads to the film's most breathtaking moments of a dazzling chase that fills the last ten minutes with high tension suspense.

The crime itself is not that interesting, but the style used to tell the tale (with a voice-over narration telling us at the conclusion that this is just one story in a city of millions) is what makes it far superior to most detective stories. That and the fact that New York City is given the spotlight for location photography that really hits the mark.

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Police station exterior? dusty56
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Who played Jean Dexter the murdered girl? sweetheart87
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