Naked City: Season 3, Episode 17

One of the Most Important Men in the Whole World (31 Jan. 1962)

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A widowed gangster is being challenged for custody of his son by his sister in-law. To show the court that he is a positive influence the gangster needs to convince his son's teacher to ... See full summary »

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Paul Burke ...
Horace McMahon ...
Harry Bellaver ...
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Phil Clifford
Myron McCormick ...
Christian Marlow
Benedict Herrman ...
Allen Clifford (as Brad Herrman)
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Mrs. Beatrice Shaw
Jennifer Billingsley ...
Helen
William Traylor ...
Melvin Shaw
John Seymour ...
Ryas (as John D. Seymour)
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Assistant D.A. Smith (as Eugene H. Roach)
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Judge
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Miss Tresant
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A widowed gangster is being challenged for custody of his son by his sister in-law. To show the court that he is a positive influence the gangster needs to convince his son's teacher to change a failing grade to an "A". The teacher is stubborn and the gangster offers the tempting bribe of a chorus girl. Written by dubchi

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5 September 2012 | by (Brooklyn NY USA) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Very confusing "Naked City" episode in that it jumps from present to past in a number of scenes that you start to lose your bearings in following it. This really schmuckie grad school teacher Mr. Marlow, Myron McCormick, is being pressured by big time hoodlum Phil Clifford, Richard Conte, in giving his trouble making 12 year old son Allen, Ben Herrman, not just passing grades but straight A's in his schoolwork. That in order to keep him from being given over by the family court to his kind and caring Aunt Beatrice, Anne Seymour. Aunt Beatrice want's to keep little Allen from turning into a crime boss in his old man's image when he grows up!

What Clifford does is constantly try to get Marlow to give his failing in school son high grades that he at first seems to avoid doing. It's later that we see Marlow act like a scared rabbit when Clifford enters his classroom and makes him look like a gutless coward in front of his astonished ,in the sudden change in Marlow's demeanor, son Allen! It's later explained in a number of flashbacks that are made to look, by seeming to be in the present, like their not that Cliffod got something on the foolish old man that he's blackmailing him with! It's this going back and forth in time without giving the audience a clue to what's happening that makes the episode almost unwatchable!

***SPOILERS*** The what at first seemed like the straight as an arrow Marlow falls heads over heels for this gorgeous doll or showgirl Helen, Jennifer Billingsly, that Clifford offered him as a bribe or present to get his boy passing marks. It was Hellen who ended up getting strangled by an outrages Marlow, who seemed at the time to be too drunk to even stand on his feet, for breaking up with him because he didn't come through in giving Allen passing marks. Now with a murder rap hanging over his head and Clifford puling his strings Marlow becomes a slave to his every command in order to keep from him ending up in the state's electric chair! That explains the sudden change in Marlow in the scenes we see him in after he murdered Hellen where were shown out of sequence!

Finally realizing what a jerk he is and how he was manipulated, with booze & broads, to end up murdering Hellen Marlow gives himself up to the police and is ready to face the music. With Chifford & son holding the bag in that whatever he did for Allen in getting him passing grads is now null & void! In Marlow being an admitted murderer where he didn't, if it's any consolation to his victim, have to stand trial for his crime.


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