Naked City: Season 2, Episode 9

The Man Who Bit a Diamond in Half (14 Dec. 1960)

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Dying crook Wicklow heists a museum's entire diamond exhibit. A gemologist sneers that the rocks are well-known to be plastic duplicates. Why pull an elaborate Rififi and kill a guard for ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Sean Wicklow
Paul Burke ...
Horace McMahon ...
Harry Bellaver ...
Elizabeth Allen ...
Michael Shillo ...
Peter Kanopolis
Patrick Waddington ...
Mail Clerk (as Jim Tolkan)
Charles Randall ...
Casey Allen ...
Irv West ...


Dying crook Wicklow heists a museum's entire diamond exhibit. A gemologist sneers that the rocks are well-known to be plastic duplicates. Why pull an elaborate Rififi and kill a guard for such paste, the detectives wonder ? Simultaneously, a controlling, crass millionaire and his dim, beauty queen wife's comical war over her obsession for expensive baubles reaches crescendo. Written by David Stevens

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14 December 1960 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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James Tolkan's TV debut. See more »

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I've waited for this moment since 1946! Since it took away my manhood!
6 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Overplotted "Naked City" episode with at least a half dozen sub-plots added on about this wheelchair bound an obviously reality challenged ex-con Sean Wicklow, Luther Adler,who just got out of prison after serving 18 years behind bars. It's Wicklow who comes up with this hair brained plan to steal the biggest uncut diamond in recorded history: The 638 carat Paracutun Diamond. With Wicklow knowing that he has about six months to live he want's to go out, out of this world, in grand style by doing the impossible in not only stealing the Paracutun Diamond but have it cut into a number of other diamonds where it would in fact disappear off the face of the earth.

You try to follow what's happening here but get lost in how many sub-plots are involved with it that makes it almost impossible to understand. There's the wacky Wicklow's valet as well as safe cracker and second story man Pierce, Michael Conrad, who's job it is to steal the real not fake Paracutun Diamond . It was the fake Paracutun Diamond that he stole in a dry run, at the beginning of the episode, and where a museum security guard was gunned down in cold blood by the crazed Wicklow. There's also the greedy and want it all for herself Emily Kanoplis, Elizabeth Allen, who's working with Wicklow in, as far as I can tell, stealing valuable jewelery and then having it duplicated by the equally obsessed ex-diamond cutter Koersel, Michael Shillo. It's Koersel who's been out of commission, diamond cutting, since 1946 when he cracked up trying to crack or split the Paracuton Diamond and ended up institutionalized for not not doing it. And of course there's Mr. Peter Kanopolis himself, Walter Matthau, Emily's estranged husband who soon realized how idiotic this whole story was that he checked out before the real action or insanity started.

***SPOILERS*** It was only the ending that saved anything left to sit through in this episode with a wild shoot out at Wicklow's hideout in Mid Manhattan which gave almost everyone involved with this under-baked turkey a chance to leave it altogether and keep from getting any more embarrassed by being in it! As for Sean Wicklow he did get his wished in leaving his mark on the world before he checked out of it but as a crazed murderous and uncontrollable lunatic not the master criminal he hoped he would be remembered for.

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