Naked City (1958–1963)
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Two showgirls come to town and kidnap a Park Avenue psychiatrist from his office. They keep him in their hotel room at gunpoint, determined that he should pay off debts incurred in Las ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Nancy Malone ...
Dr. Max Lewine
Sally Gracie ...
Beverly Lewine
Pat Englund ...
Meredith (as Patricia Englund)
Dorothy Sands ...
Mrs. Lewine
Cynthia Belgrave ...
Cleaning Lady
Lou Criscuolo ...
Tyrone (as Louis Criscuolo)
Leonard Elliott ...
Dance Director
Douglas Paul ...
Al Toigo ...
Walter (as Alfred Toigo)


Two showgirls come to town and kidnap a Park Avenue psychiatrist from his office. They keep him in their hotel room at gunpoint, determined that he should pay off debts incurred in Las Vegas, including that he promised to marry one of them, though he's already married. Written by WesternOne

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Crime | Drama | Thriller





Release Date:

26 December 1962 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The statue of the Goddess Athena which was seen in the third season episode The Hot Minerva can be seen in this episode in Matthau's living room. See more »

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30 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was so bad it almost literally made me sick. I used to go around thinking that television was superior in 1962, and even the worst show had some redeeming quality. I can't say that anymore! This was supposed to be comedic -- I guess! I say "I guess" because it seemed as if they were striving for something comedic, but it sure wasn't funny.

The story and the characters were totally unreal. It was difficult to relate to or care about any of these cartoonish characters. It was also difficult to understand what the point of the whole thing was.

By the time the final scene rolled around and the showgirl and her sidekick started breaking things and setting a large fire in the middle of a room inside a large apartment house, and the psychiatrist (who needed one himself) just stood there and let them do it, I was thinking, "Just when I thought it couldn't get worse, it did."

And speaking of that sidekick: What the hell was she supposed to be? I guess people didn't think along these lines in 1962, but all I could think was it was some kind of Lesbian relationship, or else why were they so inseparable? Why was the sidekick willing to commit murder for this woman?

There are no answers to these unimportant questions because this episode is typical of what was wrong with television, even more so back then than now, because series produced more episodes each season: Shows were ground out quickly, on a deadline, and little, if any, thought was given to them. It's amazing how many good episodes managed to get produced under those circumstances, but this sure wasn't one of them. This was nothing more than a stupid, depressing waste of time.

When at the end of the show the announcer intoned, as always, "There are 8,000,000 stories in the naked city; this was one of them," I couldn't help but think, "Spare me the other 7,999,999."

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