Naked City (1958–1963)
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Don't Knock It Till You've Tried It 

Two Las Vegas showgirls travel to New York for the purpose of abducting a married psychiatrist with whom one of the women had an affair. The apparent motivation is to force the man to leave his wife for the Las Vegas dancer.



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Episode complete credited cast:
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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In some behind-the-scenes humor, during a scene in Lt. Parker's office, a roster of 'on duty' detectives lists Flint, Arcaro, Manners, Neufeld, and Laszlo. Flint and Arcaro are, of course, the detectives assigned to this current kidnapping. Manners likely is a jest to Sam Manners, who functions as Production Executive on numerous episodes of this series; Neufeld probably kids Assistant Director and Associate Producer Stanley Neufeld; and Laszlo likely refers to Andrew Laszlo, who has been Director of Photography on several episodes of this program. See more »

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If I can't have him I'll kill him!
8 April 2013 | by (Brooklyn NY USA) – See all my reviews

****SPOILERS*** Walter Matthau as Park Ave head shrinker or psychiatrist Dr. Max "Bubbie" Lewine tries to play it straight as a man victimized by this floozy blond Bixie, Sally Gracie, whom he met and fell in and out of love with while on vacation in Las Vages. Now after dumping her and going back to his wife Beverly, Joan Copeland, Bixie is back for revenge together with her gun toting girlfriend Meredith, Pat Englund, to make "Bubbie" pay for what he did to her. Planing to wreck both his marriage as well as life Bixie has "Bubbie" kidnapped at gunpoint right out of his Park Ave doctor's office and held hostage in this midtown Manhattan hotel until he proposes marriage to her.

You can see right away that "Bubbie" knows he's licked with him feeling guilty in leaving Bixie out in the cold after having a wild two week affair with her in Vages. What "Bubbie" doesn't known is what exactly Bixie has in store for him which is far worse then what "Bubbie's" deepest fears about what she's going to do with him really are. The NYPD are handcuffed to do anything to Bixie and the gun toting friend Meredith in that "Bubbie" the victim in all this refuses to press charges even after he was rescued by them. This makes Bixie's job of stripping "Bubbie" of his manhood and all his worldly possessions that much easier.

****SPOILERS*** This guy Max "Bubbie" Lewine is such a first class jerk that you never feel sorry for him for a moment even if you are a man, like the police on the case,in what a sorry wimp and total disgrace to the human, or male, race he really is. In the end "Bubbie" ends up getting everything that's coming to him and more and the only one he can really blame for all that is himself. There's also Det. Adam Flint's, Paul Burke, long suffering girlfriend aspiring actress Libby Kingston, Nancy Malone, who takes up Bixie's defense despite the serious charges against her. Libby in her being ignored by boyfriend Adam Flint due to his pressing police work completely lost sight of the law and threw her lot in with both kidnappers Bixie & Meredith in the name of "Womens Rights".

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