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Harry Bellaver ... Det. Frank Arcaro / ... (136 episodes, 1958-1963)

Horace McMahon ... Lt. Mike Parker / ... (112 episodes, 1958-1963)
Paul Burke ... Det. Adam Flint / ... (99 episodes, 1960-1963)
Lawrence Dobkin ... Narrator / ... (99 episodes, 1960-1963)

Series Directed by
Stuart Rosenberg (17 episodes, 1958-1963)
John Brahm (15 episodes, 1959-1962)
William A. Graham (11 episodes, 1961-1963)
David Lowell Rich (9 episodes, 1961-1962)
Elliot Silverstein (8 episodes, 1961-1962)
Robert Gist (7 episodes, 1962)
George Sherman (6 episodes, 1959-1963)
James Sheldon (6 episodes, 1962-1963)
William Beaudine (5 episodes, 1958)
Alex March (5 episodes, 1961-1962)
Arthur Hiller (5 episodes, 1961)
Paul Nickell (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Douglas Heyes (3 episodes, 1958)
Paul Wendkos (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
William Conrad (3 episodes, 1961)
Ralph Senensky (3 episodes, 1963)
Tay Garnett (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Buzz Kulik (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Lamont Johnson (2 episodes, 1960)
Walter Grauman (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
Irvin Kershner (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
Denis Sanders (2 episodes, 1962)
Paul Stanley (2 episodes, 1962)
Robert Ellis Miller (2 episodes, 1963)
Series Writing credits
Stirling Silliphant (37 episodes, 1958-1963)
Howard Rodman (26 episodes, 1960-1963)
Abram S. Ginnes (13 episodes, 1962-1963)
Gilbert Ralston (7 episodes, 1961-1962)
Ernest Kinoy (6 episodes, 1961-1963)
Shimon Wincelberg (6 episodes, 1961-1963)
Sam Ross (5 episodes, 1958-1959)
Arnold Manoff (5 episodes, 1962-1963)
Barry Trivers (4 episodes, 1960-1961)
Sy Salkowitz (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Alvin Sargent (3 episodes, 1962-1963)
Mark Hellinger (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
Ed Lacy (2 episodes, 1959-1962)
Louis Salaman (2 episodes, 1959)
Ellis Kadison (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Betty Andrews (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Jay Dratler (2 episodes, 1961)
Jo Pagano (2 episodes, 1961)
Frank Pierson (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
Lester Pine (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
Ken Trevey (2 episodes, 1962)
Arnold Perl (2 episodes, 1963)

Series Produced by
Herbert B. Leonard .... producer / executive producer (138 episodes, 1958-1963)
Stanley Neufeld .... associate producer (70 episodes, 1961-1963)
Leo Davis .... supervising producer / producer (53 episodes, 1962-1963)
Sam Manners .... associate producer (41 episodes, 1958-1961)
Charles Russell .... producer (35 episodes, 1962-1963)
John Barnwell .... associate producer (9 episodes, 1960-1961)
Jerry Thomas .... associate producer (4 episodes, 1960-1961)
Series Original Music by
Nelson Riddle (52 episodes, 1961-1963)
Billy May (43 episodes, 1960-1962)
Series Cinematography by
Jack Priestley (82 episodes, 1960-1963)
J. Burgi Contner (39 episodes, 1958-1959)
Ernesto Caparrós (11 episodes, 1960-1963)
Andrew Laszlo (10 episodes, 1962-1963)
Series Film Editing by
Charles L. Freeman (57 episodes, 1960-1963)
Hugh Chaloupka (53 episodes, 1961-1963)
Aaron Nibley (38 episodes, 1958-1960)
Jack Gleason (4 episodes, 1960-1962)
Milton Shifman (3 episodes, 1961)
Harry Coswick (2 episodes, 1960)
Series Casting by
Marion Dougherty (1 episode, 1960)
Series Art Direction by
Robert Gundlach (136 episodes, 1958-1963)
Series Set Decoration by
Al Griswold (57 episodes, 1961-1963)
Gene Callahan (36 episodes, 1958-1959)
J.C. Delaney (32 episodes, 1960-1961)
Thomas Reynolds (2 episodes, 1963)
Series Makeup Department
Mike Maggi .... makeup artist (76 episodes, 1961-1963)
Series Production Management
Sam Manners .... production executive / in charge of production / ... (70 episodes, 1961-1963)
Lawrence Werner .... post-production supervisor (64 episodes, 1961-1963)
John Clarke Bowman .... production supervisor / production manager (37 episodes, 1958-1960)
Stanley Neufeld .... production supervisor / production executive (26 episodes, 1960-1961)
Leo Davis .... executive in charge of production (14 episodes, 1961-1962)
Louis Klotz .... production manager (5 episodes, 1958)
Robert Bassler .... in charge of production (5 episodes, 1960)
Hal Schaffel .... production supervisor (3 episodes, 1960)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William C. Gerrity .... assistant director / second unit director (119 episodes, 1959-1963)
Stanley Neufeld .... assistant director / second unit director (94 episodes, 1960-1963)
Domenic D'Antonio .... second assistant director / assistant director / ... (47 episodes, 1962-1963)
John Clarke Bowman .... assistant director (34 episodes, 1958-1960)
John Zane .... assistant director (14 episodes, 1958-1959)
Robert Myhrum .... second unit director (6 episodes, 1961)
Sam Manners .... second unit director (5 episodes, 1960-1961)
Series Art Department
Walter Stocklin .... property master (38 episodes, 1962-1963)
Series Sound Department
Ernest Zatorsky .... sound mixer / sound (116 episodes, 1959-1963)
James M. Falkinburg .... supervising sound editor (104 episodes, 1958-1962)
Sid Lubow .... sound effects editor (98 episodes, 1960-1963)
Dick Maier .... sound effects editor (26 episodes, 1962-1963)
Newton Avrutis .... sound mixer (3 episodes, 1963)
Series Special Effects by
Daniel Hays .... special effects (1 episode, 1963)
Series Visual Effects by
Milton Olshin .... process projectionist / process technician (3 episodes, 1962-1963)
Series Stunts
Max Kleven .... stunt double: Paul Burke (16 episodes, 1960-1961)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Harold Lebow .... chief electrician (47 episodes, 1958-1963)
Jack Priestley .... camera operator / second unit photographer (44 episodes, 1958-1961)
Milton Moshlak .... chief electrician / electrician (43 episodes, 1961-1963)
Fred Porrett .... second unit cameraman (4 episodes, 1962-1963)
Series Casting Department
Marion Dougherty .... casting executive / casting (67 episodes, 1961-1963)
Jess Kimmel .... casting consultant (33 episodes, 1958-1959)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ceil Chapman .... gowns: Miss Lindfors (1 episode, 1961)
Milton C. Herman .... furs (1 episode, 1961)
Series Editorial Department
Aaron Nibley .... supervising film editor (98 episodes, 1960-1963)
Lawrence Werner .... editorial supervisor (3 episodes, 1961)
Series Music Department
Ed Forsyth .... music supervisor (99 episodes, 1960-1963)
Jack Lee .... musician contractor / music contractor (98 episodes, 1960-1963)
Billy May .... composer: theme music / conductor (49 episodes, 1960-1962)
Gil Grau .... orchestrator (41 episodes, 1962-1963)
George Duning .... composer: theme music (39 episodes, 1958-1959)
Ned Washington .... composer: theme music (39 episodes, 1958-1959)
William Loose .... orchestrator (36 episodes, 1961-1962)
Nelson Riddle .... composer: theme music / conductor (14 episodes, 1962-1963)
Van Cleave .... orchestrator (11 episodes, 1962)
Series Other crew
Hal Schaffel .... production coordinator (107 episodes, 1958-1963)
Willetta Leonard .... assistant to producer (98 episodes, 1960-1963)
Stirling Silliphant .... executive story consultant / executive story editor (96 episodes, 1960-1963)
Roger L. Smith .... production assistant / in charge of second unit / ... (96 episodes, 1960-1963)
Nicholas Sgarro .... script supervisor / story supervisor (88 episodes, 1960-1963)
Howard Rodman .... story supervisor / story editor (62 episodes, 1960-1962)
Albert T. Viola .... production coordinator (12 episodes, 1959)
Dorothy Weshner .... script supervisor (8 episodes, 1960-1961)
Jess Kimmel .... assistant to producer (5 episodes, 1958)
Harold Schneider .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 1959)
Series Thanks
Vincent A.G. O'Connor .... filmed with the cooperation of commissioner/Department of Marine and Aviation, New York City / railroad office sequence filmed through the courtesy of City of New York Commissioner of Marine and Aviation (2 episodes, 1958-1961)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Naked City" - USA (first season title)
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30 min (1958-1959) (39 episodes) | 60 min (1960-1963) (99 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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This was the first network series to be filmed entirely in New York City.See more »
[first lines]
[first season only]
Narrator:Ladies and gentlemen, you are about to see "The Naked City." I'm Bert Leonard, the producer. This story was not photographed in a studio. Quite the contrary. The actors played out their roles in the streets and the buildings of New York itself.
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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Voted the Best Cop Show Ever, 13 April 2002
Author: schappe1 from N Syracuse NY

I became interested in this show a couple of years ago when I read in TV Guide that a poll of new York City Policemen voted it he best cop show ever, beating out #2 Homicide and all the recent cop classics, such as Law and Order, NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues, etc. That was pretty impressive since Naked City was on a generation or more before those shows and it was remarkable that modern day policemen had even heard of it, much less voted it #1. it must be rerun in new York City, which it rarely is elsewhere.

The original basis for this was not a police story at all but a book of photographs of New York City that came out in the 1940's from a photographer who called himself "Weegee". veteran newspaperman turned movie producer and writer Mark Hellinger wrote a story for a movie that would be filmed on location in the Big Apple with the same sort of photography Weegee used. He decided a police chase story would be the best way to show the city off and the result was the classic police drama "The Naked City", (1948), with Hellinger narrating. He died shortly thereafter but the writer-producer team of Stirling Silliphant and Herbert Leonard, (who later would give us Route 66), decided to make a TV series based on the movie, also shot on location with narration by Leonard. It came to fruition ten years after the movie with a very young James Franciscus and wise old John McIntyre as the stars. Both those actors decided they didn't like working in New York, (especially on the frigid early mornings that the series habitually filmed in so they could have the streets to themselves). This early half hour version of the show went off the air after one year. Silliphant and Leonard didn't give up, however and an hour long version of Naked City premiered in 1960 with Paul Burke and Horace McMahon replacing Franciscus and McIntyre, (who's character had been killed off in the earlier show). This version lasted three years and included some of the best writers and actors in New York You name it, they were on the show: Ed Asner, Robert DuVal, Jack Lord, George C Scott, Dustin Hoffman, Peter Falk, Suzanne Pleshette, Lois Nettleton and many, many others. Each episode ended with Leonard intoning "There are 8 million stories in the Naked City. This had been one of them."

I finally got to see some episodes of both versions of the show. They were excellent shows for their time. I can't honestly rate them above the current crop of urban dramas but they are an important part of TV history. the writing and acting are certainly excellent. There is a strong "Sixties" mentality about them in that the emphasis is on the story of the criminal, with the policemen essentially playing supporting roles and the victim often not more than a chalk drawing. There is too much violence in them, with too many "wild west" type shoot outs. This happens occasionally, as we can see in the headlines, but no where near as often as this show seems to suggest. (McMahon's character says in one episode that he has had eight partners die in the line of duty. Eight!!!) Jack Webb had already pioneered taking much of the gunplay from cop shows but Naked City put it back with a vengeance. The modern shows have violence as part of their stories but they usually show the aftermath. Also, this Naked City is lilly white. As the modern shows reveal, much of the crime takes place in the poorer neighborhoods but you virtually never see any blacks or hispanics in the "Eight Million Stories". Italian or Eastern European is about as "ethnic" as it gets.

I had thought that Naked City was a 50's-60's progenitor to the modern shows but upon viewing it, I really can't say that it is. It is a creature of it's time. The modern urban dramas are almost another genre entirely.

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