Naked City: Season 2, Episode 13

A Hole in the City (1 Feb. 1961)

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Armored car robbers vanish across from Yankee Stadium, so Lt. Busti dragnets the neighborhood, house-to-house. Brutal gang mastermind Nunda has much more to worry about, because he's barged... See full summary »

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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Paul Burke ...
Horace McMahon ...
Harry Bellaver ...
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Florence
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Lewis Nunda (as Robert S. Duvall)
Lou Antonio ...
Al Machias (as Louis Antonio)
Jamie Smith ...
Jay Plessus
Olga Bellin ...
Jeannie Clinton
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Lt. Vince Busti
Harold Gary ...
Garage Owner
Edward J. Simon ...
Police Officer #1
Richard X. Slattery ...
Police Officer #2
Michael Kray ...
Police Officer #3
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Judith Lowry ...
Old Woman
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Armored car robbers vanish across from Yankee Stadium, so Lt. Busti dragnets the neighborhood, house-to-house. Brutal gang mastermind Nunda has much more to worry about, because he's barged into his aunt's flat, and she brings back all his hideous Bronx past which kept him away so long. Written by David Stevens

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Robert Duvall and Edward Asner both still have their hair, however it is noticeable that it is thinning. See more »

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None But the Lonely Heart
("Nur ver die Sehnsucht kennt") (uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Sung by Sylvia Sidney's character at a piano, dubbed by unknown vocalist
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Quality Treatment no stranger to this Series and this Weekly Episode certainly was no exception; even standing out among the best of the best.
9 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having been recently re-introduced to many of our old favourites from the 1950's, '60's and '70's via what is called in our town, METV or Memorable Television on Channel 23, Chicago. In its approximately 8 years in operation, its programming has been so successful, that it is now adding a 2nd Channel; scheduled to be operational presently.

In the last week or so, they've started running "NAKED CITY" (Shielle Prod. /Screen Gems Television Prod., 1958-63). So far, this Episode, A HOLE IN THE CITY (1961) has been the most interesting one they've shown.

The cast has the regulars of Paul Burke (Detective Adam Flint), Horace McMahon (Lt. Mike Parker and Harry Bellaver (Sgt.Frank Arcaro). The supporting cast is top notch, no doubt culled from the availability of so many NY stage actors; who, being largely unknown in film, provided fresh faces for a new look. The supporting players included a very young Robert Duvall and a very slender Ed Asner. Both men are seen sporting full healthy growths of hair.

Like the many really good series (like today's "LAW & ORDER", for example) have done, "NAKED CITY" usually had a great grabber of an opening sequence. In this episode, things weren't any different. For purposes of grabbing, piquing and maintaining our interest, "A HOLE IN THE CITY" begins by looking like a juvenile shoot-em-up. An Armed Robbery of one of those Money Carrier, Brinks-type armored cars has just happened and the NYPD in hot pursuit.

Among those in the Police Vehicles giving chase are our main characters Lt. Parker (Horace McMahon), Det. Flint (Paul Burke) and Sgt. Arcaro (Harry Bellevar).

AS the chase-opening progresses, Narrator Larry Dobkin, fills us in on just who these 3 latter-day Dillengers really are and clues us in on just what is their background, record and what inside their heads makes them do what they do. Pulling up and abandoning the auto in favor of a stolen one, they work their murderous path to a parking garage; forcing their way in and immediately shooting dead the attendant/manager.

Inasmuch as the chase has gone some distance, Lt. Parker, Sgt. Arcaro and Det. Flint meet up with the Detective Lt. (Ed Asner) from the Precinct they were now in. It turns out that Det. Flint and the Lt. went to the same school, nearby the scene. Ironically, the Lt. later is slain by the stick-up gang.

The Robbery had been carefully plotted out by Lewis Nunda (Robert Duvall), who fancies himself to be a mastermind. The garage is close in proximity to the apartment building that Nunda's formerly wealthy Aunt Florence (guest star Miss Sylvia Sidney) now lives. The three go to her apartment to hold up but soon, due to Nunda's long absence being due to some extended absences at the "Graybar Hotel."

We are shown a glimpse into the disturbed mind of Lewis Nunda by way of some really intricate and theatrical use of some flashbacks; showing us Lewis with his Father and Sister visiting with Aunt Florence in her halcyon days of Luxury Apartment living.

After the building is surrounded by the cordon of Uniformed Police and Detectives Nunda winds up shooting his own accomplices and apparently goes out with his machine gun into plain view of the Cops surrounding the roof; apparently doing what has become known as "Committing Suicide by Cop." As it turns out, Lewis Nunda wanted to make that one big score in order to be able to be his Aunt's Hero and restore her to a position of wealth.

As a point of irony, Detective Flint recognizes Lewis Nunda as one of the kids that he went to school with at the nearby PS what-ever-it-was.


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