Naked City: Season 2, Episode 16

Button in the Haystack (22 Feb. 1961)

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Ex-con panics when his own loan shark gets killed at his gas station. He tosses his own gun onto a passing truck, doubting the police will buy his story. Idealistic young Det. Adam Flint ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Paul Burke ...
Horace McMahon ...
Nancy Malone ...
Harry Bellaver ...
Len Brewer
Peggy Ann Garner ...
Edie Brewer
Joseph Bernard ...
Doris Rich ...
Mrs. Jassy
Christopher Barbieri ...
Muriel Franklin ...
Phoebe McKay ...
Mrs. McDade
Robert Weil ...
Nesvady (as Robert E. Weil)
Overton (as Mitch Ryan)
Joe Warren ...
Sean Ross (as Joseph Warren)


Ex-con panics when his own loan shark gets killed at his gas station. He tosses his own gun onto a passing truck, doubting the police will buy his story. Idealistic young Det. Adam Flint believes he's chasing justice for a reformed businessman, but everyone one else in the bureau feels he's chasing a phantom. After all, how many thousands of trucks passed through the Naked City that day ? Written by David Stevens

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22 February 1961 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Albert Salmi and Peggy Ann Garner who play married couple Len and Edie Brewer were actually married at the time. See more »

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Easily My Favorite "Naked City" Episode
19 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first viewed this series on television as a young child. I liked it then because of its "big city" setting and outstanding musical score. As a "boomer" adult, I've been collecting the series on DVD, and I believe I now have all the box sets and the single (four-episode) issues. I just viewed this episode yesterday, and it is easily my favorite. While viewing the other episodes (more than 50), I was struck by the extraordinary acting displayed by the recurring cast, and the series' ability to attract stellar motion picture/television talent. While this episode doesn't have some of the "big name" actors, its guest stars of Albert Salmi, Peggy Ann Garner, and Joseph Bernard definitely deliver the goods as the tortured ex-con on parole, his wife, and Assistant DA, respectively. The two things that make this episode my favorite are its main plot thread (tracking the gun), and the focus on Detective Flint's humanity and sense of justice. The more I watched this series on DVD, the more I was impressed by Paul Burke's acting ability: He is truly outstanding. All in all, I found this to be a wonderful episode that epitomizes the very best elements of the series. A special treat was the increased degree of voice-over narration by Lawrence Dobkin. Anyone who has seen this series knows who he is, even though they might not know his name. He's the guy who – at the end of every episode – delivers one of the most memorable tag lines in the history of television: "There are eight million stories in the Naked City. This has been one of them." While the IMDb cast list shows Dobkin as the uncredited narrator, it was neat to see him briefly on-screen in this episode (uncredited once again) playing a factory worker.

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