Naked City: Season 4, Episode 34

Barefoot on a Bed of Coals (29 May 1963)

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Stanley Walenty
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Clara Espuella
Elizabeth Allen ...
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A man who failed to qualify for the NYPD takes to impersonating a uniformed patrolman.His motives have to do with wanting to serve the public and also wanting to attract more desirable women. When he becomes involved in stopping a robbery and uses his non-regulation firearm the real NYPD searches him out. Written by dubchi

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Clara Espuella: You forgot your lunch - the final spoken words of the series, said to a wounded Steven Hill.
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It's the End of the Line for this Great All Time Classic and Absolute Proof that ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END !
25 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Perhaps more than any other job, that of Policeman is dramatized, romanticized, caricatured, lampooned and idealized. The excessive number of "Cops 'n' Robbers" Movies, Radio Shows, Detective Magazines, Joke Books, Comic Strips and Television Series has had a tremendous effect on the attitudes of Jane & John Q. Public about the Police. The subconscious of our minds cannot make an independent distinction on the difference between what is real and what is imaginary.

SO the Public, God Love 'em, makes their assessments of a real life Cop based on their impressions gained from the fictional world of make believe. This lack of differentiation between the factual and the fictional often leads to trouble for the Real Life Cops.

Consider the L.A. Cops unfortunate enough to have been working and assigned to or assisting on the reckless 100 mph chase and subsequent physical resistance by poor, old upstanding citizen Rodney King. "How come it took all those Coppers to arrest him? Hell, we seen Reed & Malloy do it all by themselves on ADAM 12!"

But even with all of the distortion of true perception that exists; we still have such a large number of Police Fans, Bimbos and Wannabees embedded and flourishing in every City in the land. The Wannabees are particularly interesting and potentially the most troublesome of the above mentioned classes of characters. The Production Team of NAKED CITY had the good sense and decency to address the situation in this one weekly installment.

OUR STORY……………….In "NAKED CITY": Bare foot on a Bed of Coals, the phenomenon of the Police Freak get put under the Microscope and given a real close-up examination. (The microscope is the best metaphor that we can use as the modern DNA technology was unknown in the World of Forty or so years ago.)

FORWARD…………………. The story opens up with Narrator Larry Dobkin bringing us up close and personal to a uniformed Foot Beat Cop who is attentively pounding the pavement and doing some small things like helping a kid who jumped from just one of stairs on his porch too many and intervening in a disturbance between a big mouthed sharpie and his young ditsy female gold digging companion.

Then, suddenly he is given verbal notice from citizens that an armed robbery was in progress in a nearby store. The Foot Patrolman Stanley (a young Steven Hill) gets a most unusual expression on his face as he is caught up in an extended moment of inaction. Finally he advances with his revolver drawn and confronts the young punk of a Stick-up Man (an even younger Dustin Hoffman)!

AS the Robber is exiting the store with his gun still in hand; he comes face to face with an obviously reluctant Officer Stanley. The two come to a sort of visual standstill when the young hood sees the Cop approach. Although Dustin's character still maintains possession of his handgun; it's obvious that he doesn't relish the notion of using it. With both men in obviously highly nervous conditions, the Copper shoots the punk in the upper torso (shoulder area).

Officer Stanley then slowly retreats toward and past a Police Call Box, telling the people on the scene to call an Ambulance.

All the while, Narrator Dobkin has been filling us in with information on how Stanley had befriended Policemen when a kid, how Stanley had wanted to be a Cop so badly, how the written exam had been passed by the written exam. As Stanley passes the call box and vanishes down into the Subway, Larry Dobkin's narration explains about the psychological testing; which "Officer" Stanley did not pass. Stanley is, you see, a Police Impersonator as well as a Wannabee!

The Newspapers get hold of the now front page story of an otherwise questionable but quite possibly justified shooting and why a Cop would flee the scene. The investigation of the original Armed Robbery with a Toy Gun falls to the Detectives of the Precinct. The team of Det. Adam Flint (Paul Burke), Sergeant Frank Arcaro (Harry Bellevar) and their Boss, Lieutenant Mike Parker (Horace McMahon) all respond to the scene.

The rest of the story deals with Stanley's feelings of inadequacy for lack of Status in the World. In his estimation, his being a Barber (as he really is) is a lesser station in life and not good enough for Clara (Zohra Lampert) the fancy Show Biz type broad he desires so much in his phony Police Career. All the while that this has been going on; he refuses the advances and attentions offered him by a neighbor Lady in his Apartment Building named Ola Martini (Elizabeth Allen).

IN a great Finale, Stanley goes to the scene of a Gunman barricaded in a house and gets himself wounded in the process. Feeling somewhat heroic, we see him taken being taken to the Hospital in a City Ambulance. In a most imaginative bit of camera work, we see his point of view; a sort of "Subjective Camera" as he sees his neighbor Lady and the Crime Scene disappear behind him.

This was a great way to end this Episode, the Season and, inasmuch as this was the last show of the series, the whole damn Show! "THAT'S ALL FOLKS!"

It was a fine way to say farewell to a fine, memorable series. The regular cast was its usual fine ensemble bang up job. This included: Paul Burke, Nancy Malone, Horace McMahon, Harry Bellevar and Narrator Lawrence "Larry" Dobkin. The guest supporting cast included not only Steven Hill (the future long time District Attorney Adam Schiff on LAW & ORDER (1990-2000), super talented Dustin Hoffman (THE GRADUATE, PAPILLION, BIG LITTLE MAN, RAIN MAN, etc.), a young Mitchell Ryan, Paul Frees and all the rest.

"Fare Thee Well, NAKED CITY! We'll not see your likes again!"


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