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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Paul Burke ...
Horace McMahon ...
Harry Bellaver ...
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Earl Johannis
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Henry
Paul O'Keefe ...
Jack Johannis
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Chris Johannis (as Ronnie Walken)
Henry Lascoe ...
Chairman McNeill
Harry Davis ...
Harry Abraham
Anthony Pompeii ...
Billy
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Woman #1
Toni Tucci ...
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Carol
Ralph Stantley ...
Virgo Liquorman
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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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9 January 1963 (USA)  »

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This must have been filmed during the long and costly New York newspaper strike, as when the killer's girl brings him some newspapers to see how the robberies were reported, one of them is the Philadelphia Inquirer, temporarily sold on New York city news stands, though you weren't intended to notice in this scene. See more »

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Why does he hate his father? Because he loves him!
22 April 2013 | by (Brooklyn NY USA) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** It's when Earl Johannis', Eddie Albert, good friend and fellow liquor store owner Harry Abraham,Harry Davis, was gunned down and died in his arms the he came to the conclusion that life isn't worth living unless you make something worth while of it. That's what Earl was told by his what seemed like genius son Chris, played by a 19 year old Christopher known back then as Ronnie Walken, who seemed totally unmoved by the news of poor Harry's murder.So unmoved that when Earl tearfully told him what happened to his good friend Harry he just turned over in bed and went back to sleep!

Just getting over his wife's death Earl now has to contend with the death of his good friend Harry which in fact drove the poor guy over the edge. To the point where he planned to lure out into the open or into his liquor store and exact justice on those that murdered Harry Abraham "Death Wish", some ten years before the Charles Bronson film was released, style!

It didn't take much to get Harry's killers out into the open with Earl advertising the opening of his new and more modern liquor store while he secretly got himself a gun permit from the police department to blow them away. As it turned out Earl's plan didn't work out exactly as he planned it in having his #2 or younger son Jack ,Paul O'Keefe, stay behind hiding in a closet in the store so he ended up being kidnapped by those, Harry's killers, who soon tried to rob the place.

It did in fact take the police headed by the kind and sensitive, who in fact was against Earl getting a gun permit, to the downtrodden and misunderstood of the city Det Adam Flint, Paul Burke, to come to his rescue. That's after the butterfingered Earl, in fumbling with his firearm, almost got himself killed in trying to rescue his son Jack or Jackie.

What surprised me most about this "Naked City" episode is just how easy it was back then in 1963 for a law-abiding citizen to get a gun permit from the New York City's Police Department. It took less then five minutes for Earl to be cleared and get the permit when now it's almost impossible for someone like Earl Johannis an upstanding man of the community, and man with a clean criminal record, to get it! Even if he were living in a high crime neighborhood and was the victim of over a dozen hold ups and muggings!


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