Naked City: Season 4, Episode 34

Barefoot on a Bed of Coals (29 May 1963)

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Episode cast overview:
Paul Burke ...
Horace McMahon ...
Harry Bellaver ...
Nancy Malone ...
Stanley Walenty
Zohra Lampert ...
Clara Espuella
Elizabeth Allen ...
Ola Martini
Henry Lascoe ...
Paul Tamarind (as Mitch Ryan)
John C. Becher ...


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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29 May 1963 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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When I have the uniform on my life has a meaning
19 August 2013 | by (Brooklyn NY USA) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** The 138th and final "Naked City" episode ends with a bang in a wild shootout in the East Village of Manhattan with wannabe New York City cop Stanley Walenty, Steven Hill, finally getting the recognition that he sought all his adult life. That's by Stanley exposing himself as a target to a mad dog cop killer in order to prevent the real cops on the scene from getting shot. Stanley has been masquerading around the city as a cop for two years after he washed out of the Police Academy on a section eight: Too unstable to be trusted with firearms.

We already saw just how unstable Stanley was at the beginning of this "Naked City" episode when he, shooting and asking questions later, gunned down petty crook Finney, Dustin Hoffman, who was found to have a toy gun on him in his failed attempt of robbing a local diner. With an all points bulletin out to find this phony policeman before he does any more damage Stanley is now back to his real identity as a barber cutting and clipping hair in a mid-town Manhattan barber shop.

Not a bad looking guy with a good and study job Stanley feels that by being or impersonating a cop will get him to meet by giving speeding tickets, and then canceling them, to gorgeous and sexy women who'll be forever indebted to him. What poor Stanley will soon find out about one of those beauties the conceded and manipulative former hat check girl Clara Espuella, Zohra Lampert, is that she's just using him for her own selfish and greedy purposes. In a both sad as well as touching scene when Stanley opens up to Clara and not only professes his love for her but admits that he's just a barber, and proud to be one, not a policeman she at first goes into shock and then hysterics which finally woke Stanley up to just who he was both dealing as well as in love with! To his credit Stanley got in the last lick on Carla by in a fit of anger cutting off one of her gorgeous black locks just before he, as mad as hell, checked out of her apartment.

***SPOILERS*** It was the girl next door or in this case downstairs the pretty and sensitive Ola Martini, Elizabeth Allen, who was in love with Stanley and didn't care what he did for a living, he could be a grave digger for all she cared, who brought not only the very the best out of Stanley but in the end by telling the police where he was headed for, the shootout in the East Village, saved his life. Unlike the first time around in this "Naked City" episode when Stanley used his gun, in shooting Finney, that got him into trouble this time around by not using it and instead taking a bullet he truly became the hero, not only to Ola but the police on the scene, that he alway dreamed about being.

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