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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)

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A Classic of New York City Police Work 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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Additional Details

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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:
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:
In the scene where Muldoon and Halloran are shown entering an apartment house on Park Avenue, the awning shows the address "478". The building is actually 480 Park Avenue, one of the residential buildings designed by noted architect Emory Roth.See 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:
[last lines]
Narrator:There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them.
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Movie Connections:
References The Imperfect Lady (1947)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)See more »

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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A Classic of New York City Police Work, 11 September 1999
Author: Kirasjeri from Brooklyn NY

In an era when everything was recreated on a Hollywood set, or filmed on their back lots, "Naked City" was different and daring - it was shot on the streets of New York City, and the grittiness and realism was palpable. Detectives have to investigate the murder of a young woman, and scene by scene we are absorbed. The way Barry Fitzgerald as the lieutenant breaks done and rips open Howard Duff is especially memorable, as is the scene of the two parents of the dead girl breaking down. This film is marvelously constructed scene by scene. The performances are standouts, and look for a host of New York actors appearing in uncredited roles: James Gregory, Molly Picon (a giant of Yiddish theatre), David Opatashu (also of the Yiddish theater), Paul Ford, Arthur O'Connell, and others. Ted DeCorsia is great as the villain; catch his other roles.

"Detective Story" (see review) came out three years later and in its squad room dialogue has more in common with "NYPD Blue" than "Naked City" the movie, but for the realism of the streets and even cinema verite feel, nothing tops "Naked City". And soon a highly successful TV series was named after it. Highly recommended. You'll feel like you're back in New York City in the 1940's!

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Police station exterior? dusty56
Whoa! Huge omission from the slice-of-NYC-life aspect theclockticks
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Who played Jean Dexter the murdered girl? sweetheart87
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