Naked City: Season 3, Episode 29

The Multiplicity of Herbert Konish (23 May 1962)

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Mild-mannered Herbert Konish is living multiple simultaneous and separate lives, stumping the detectives who are trying to figure out exactly who he is and what crimes he may have committed.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Paul Burke ...
Nancy Malone ...
Herbert Konish
Marilyn Konish
Esther Lindall
Jane Hoffman ...
Mrs. Hagerson
William LeMassena ...
Mr. Hanley
Frederick Rolf ...
Francis Compton ...
Wayne Maxwell ...
Marsha Rivers ...
Girl Sketcher


Mild-mannered Herbert Konish is living multiple simultaneous and separate lives, stumping the detectives who are trying to figure out exactly who he is and what crimes he may have committed.

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23 May 1962 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Nobody can cover his tracks so good! There's got to be some evidence!
26 November 2012 | by (Brooklyn NY USA) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Not satisfied with the life that he's leading as a happily married man and working the 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM shift for the mid town Manhattan brokerage firm of Little & Herschel Herbert Konish, David Wayne, has carved out for himself over the years a number of secret identities in order to both pep up his boring life as well as help the human race. It's when a nosy-body neighbor Mrs. Hagerson, Jean Hoffman, started complaining about what she thought were unsavoredly things going on at the neighborhood Saint Alfred Parrish run by a Mr. Ripple aka Herbert Konish on the Lower East Side in Manhattan that Konish's entire life, or better yet lives, began to unravel.

With 65th precinct police Detective Adam Flint, Paul Burke, put on the case he soon uncovers that everything that Mr. Ripple or Herbert Konish in disguise was doing is perfectly legit! In fact the guy is so clean and saint like that he deserves to get the Nobel Peace price for his unselfish and highly moral contributions to the cause of all of humanity! Not be arrested and thrown behind bars for her, Mrs Hagerson, suspicions of him running some kind of scam in illegally getting city & state funds for himself!

With Det. Flint's boss Let. Mike Parker, Horace McMahon, feeling that there's something very fishy as well as illegal about this Mr. Ripple he has a squad of cops put on his tail where it's uncovered that not only is Konish impersonating him but some four other fictitious people as well!

***SPOILERS*** It soon comes out that Herbert Konish had over the years become so bored with his life that he created a number of others for himself to keep him busy. And like the kind and loving husband that he is to his wife Marilyn, Jean Stapleton, he's also that kind of person to those that he comes in contact with in his other lives or existences! Now what can you do with a guy like this? Lock him up for his Christ-like behavior? Or have him committed to a mental institution for 24 hour around the clock observation? Or just let him go on with his life or lives and hope he doesn't end up dropping dead in the street from sheer exhaustion in living them!

In the end with his secret lives exposed Mr.Ripple or Herbert Konish went back to the life hat he's most accustom to as just Mr.Herbert Konish. But the impact that he made on those he helped in his other lives will never be forgotten. Even though from now on he'll only be nothing but a fading but pleasant memory to all of them.

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