Naked City: Season 4, Episode 14

Spectre of the Rose Street Gang (19 Dec. 1962)

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Construction workers unearth the skeleton of a 14-year old boy, dead and buried for about 25 years. The only clue to his identity -- and fate -- is a cigarette lighter with the monogram JLY... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Paul Burke ...
Horace McMahon ...
Harry Bellaver ...
Nancy Malone ...
Sam Langan
Amy Langan
Tony Corran
Al Gurdine
Ludmila Toretzka ...
Mrs. Doxaras
Joseph Sullivan ...
Arthur Flake
Patricia Wheel ...
Eleanor Corran
Otto Lohmann ...


Construction workers unearth the skeleton of a 14-year old boy, dead and buried for about 25 years. The only clue to his identity -- and fate -- is a cigarette lighter with the monogram JLY. Learning of this from the morning paper, perpetual ne'er-do-well Sam Langan recognizes both the dead boy and a chance to advance himself. Written by Mister-UHF

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19 December 1962 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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A grisly discovery..
25 January 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This show begins with a creepy discovery--the skeleton of a person about 14 years-old and which had apparently been buried about 25 years. Who this was, no one is certain. However, an old woman thinks it might be her missing son--and Detective Arcaro's girlfriend meets the woman and begs for the police to re-open the case. But with little to go on, the police have little choice but keep the case closed.

In the meantime, this IS someone who knows about the body. Sam Langan (Jack Warden) is a bit of a loser--and he knows that three very successful businessmen (two of which are played by Roger Carmel and Carroll O'Connor) are responsible for the body and he plans on blackmailing them--but not for money. Considering how powerful they are, Sam is really taking a huge risk trying to shake down these guys. They could just have him killed. All in all, a fascinating episode of "Naked City". Not among the best but very unusual and interesting.

By the way, the story that Detective Arcaro's girlfriend told about the dog is the plot from the play/film "Come Back Little Sheba". Folks back in the day would have known this, as it was a huge hit--and garnered all sorts of praise and awards.

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