Naked City: Season 4, Episode 17

Robin Hood and Clarence Darrow, They Went Out with Bow and Arrow (9 Jan. 1963)

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After a string of liquor store robberies and murders, a liquor store owner plans for retribution when his store is robbed and his friend, the clerk, is killed.



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Episode cast overview:
Paul Burke ...
Horace McMahon ...
Harry Bellaver ...
Earl Johannis
Paul O'Keefe ...
Jack Johannis
Chris Johannis (as Ronnie Walken)
Henry Lascoe ...
Chairman McNeill
Harry Davis ...
Harry Abraham
Anthony Pompeii ...
Woman #1
Toni Tucci ...
Woman #2
Ralph Stantley ...
Virgo Liquorman


After a string of liquor store robberies and murders, a liquor store owner plans for retribution when his store is robbed and his friend, the clerk, is killed.

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Action | Crime | Drama





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9 January 1963 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Christopher Walken plays Eddie Albert's son in this episode. Ten years earlier, his brother Glenn Walken played Eddie Albert's son in the short-lived TV series Leave It to Larry (1952). See more »

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Drawing a Line in the Cinematic Sand; or as Big, Bad Old Popeye would say, "That's All I Can Stands, I Can't Stands No More!"
24 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THE problems of one's Constitutional Rights getting into a collision course with the desire and responsibility of Local Municipalities in maintaining order are age old. On the one hand, our United States' Constitution in the Second Amendment guarantees that our rights to bear arms for our own self protection shall not be infringed upon by any man made laws.

OFFERING a sort of contrast, we see various Municipal Governmental requiring the registration of the handguns belonging to the citizen and ultimately to their local prohibition. You say you don't believe me? You say you're dubious and think that I'm some sort of 'Gun Nut'? (What ever the hell that is!) We urge you to scrutinize local ordinances in the District of Columbia and in the Peoples Republic of Chicago, my home town.

TIME was when we would have agreed with you. That would have been about 40 years back, when just joining the Police Department, here in the Windy City. It sounded really good then, this premise that only the Cops should have guns. But, alas, reality tells us differently.

FACTUALLY and from a pragmatic point of view, a Cop cannot be everywhere at all times. Oh, sure, we could always strive to have more patrol time out there, but the almighty Radio Assignments backlog that our City Police Departments have come to hold in such high regards. In endeavoring to answer all calls for service, our powers of perception to all around us are highly handicapped.

THE vulnerability of modern man in the urban environs is a long standing item of discussion by the disgusted citizenry throughout the land. It was addressed in a very dramatic, brutally realistic and convincing manner in the Charles Bronson & Hope Lange starring feature film, DEATH WISH (Dino DeLaurentiis Productions/Paramount Pictures Corporation, 1974). It featured super graphic depiction of a most brutal and senseless Homicide and Sexual Assault. The one particular scene we are referring to was so sickeningly disgusting as to have made several veteran Cops sick to their stomach just to view it.

DEATH WISH played to some good sized audiences with some negative critical commentery; such as the usual condemnations of its being a vehicle designed to appeal to "the lynch mob mentality", whatever the hell that is! HOWEVER, a full eleven years prior to this Charles Bronson feature, we had this episode of the NAKED CITY Television Series, "Robin Hood and Clarence Darrow, They Went Out with Bow and Arrow". It gave us a look at the plight of all who are out in our society, operating businesses and providing us with the goods and services we need; while always wondering if and when they were being stalked and set up to be the next crime statistic on the Police Blotter.

VETERAN talent by the person of Eddie Albert provides the protagonist, Earl Johannis, a Minnesota transplant to New York and a business proprietor. He grows weary observing the difficulties being suffered by his fellow Bourgeois Shop Keepers and he decides to take a stand. Mr. Johannis' melancholy is aggravated by his being a single parent Father (known as a 'Widower' in the now archaic and non-Politically Correct language of our recent past.) INTERESTINGLY his two sons are grown son, Chris Johannis (portrayed by a very youthful Christopher Walken) and pre-adolescent Jake Johannis (Paul O'Keefe, 'Ross' on the PATTY DUKE SHOW).

IN SPITE of his family, Mr. Johannis arms himself and is wounded in a shoot out with the 3 person stick up crew, who also apparently are also getting some perverse pleasure in inflicting pain and emotional hurt on their victims. As the the episode comes to an end with the usual Larry Dobkin "There are 8 million stories in the Naked City. This has been one of them", we see Mr. Johannis being wheeled off to the ambulance; but he is happy. Regardless of his surviving the shooting or not, he is at peaced with himself for having taken the stand for safer streets and communities. He chose to take a stand, rather than just cutting and running.

NOW maybe we could learn something here about some remedies for our real world problems. .

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