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"Naked City" Today the Man Who Kills Ants Is Coming (1962)

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Howard Rodman (writer)
Ken Trevey (story)
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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
7 March 1962 (Season 3, Episode 21)
A mentally-stressed police officer suffers a debilitating breakdown over his family's poor financial condition, catalyzed by missing button on his uniform. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Paul Burke ... Det. Adam Flint

Horace McMahon ... Lt. Mike Parker

Harry Bellaver ... Det. Frank Arcaro
Nancy Malone ... Libby Kingston
John Larch ... John Clinton

Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Lillian Clinton
Milt Kamen ... Officer Novi

Roger C. Carmel ... Lowell F. Newton
James Greene ... Prisoner
Jimmy Little ... Sergeant Moroni (as James Little)
Billy McNally ... Johnny Clinton
Susan Fitzgerald ... Kathy Clinton
Carmen Costi ... 1st Policeman
Ed Crowley ... Druggist
Alfred Hinckley ... Patrolman Eckert

Godfrey Cambridge ... Detective Carlisle
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lawrence Dobkin ... Narrator (uncredited)

Rex Everhart ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Robert Gist 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Howard Rodman  writer
Ken Trevey  story (as Kenneth Trevey)
Ken Trevey  writer (as Kenneth Trevey)

Produced by
Leo Davis .... producer
Herbert B. Leonard .... executive producer
Stanley Neufeld .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Jack Priestley  (as John S. Priestley)
Film Editing by
Hugh Chaloupka 
Art Direction by
Robert Gundlach 
Set Decoration by
Al Griswold 
Makeup Department
Mike Maggi .... makeup artist
Production Management
Sam Manners .... production executive
Lawrence Werner .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Domenic D'Antonio .... first assistant director: second unit
William C. Gerrity .... assistant director
Stanley Neufeld .... assistant director
Sound Department
Sid Lubow .... sound effects editor
Ernest Zatorsky .... sound mixer
James Nelson .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Milton Moshlak .... electrician
Casting Department
Marion Dougherty .... casting executive
Editorial Department
Aaron Nibley .... supervising film editor
Music Department
Ed Forsyth .... music supervisor
Jack Lee .... music contractor
Van Cleave .... orchestrator
Other crew
Willetta Leonard .... assistant to producer
Howard Rodman .... story supervisor
Hal Schaffel .... production coordinator
Nicholas Sgarro .... script supervisor
Stirling Silliphant .... executive story consultant
Roger L. Smith .... production assistant

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Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

During a 'roll call' of police officers for a special assignment, the sergeant calls out the name 'Silliphant', not the most common name in the world. Stirling Silliphant is the executive story consultant for the series.See more »


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
He's having a very, very bad day..., 2 February 2014
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

John Larch stars as Officer Clinton--a cop who's feeling overwhelmed and at the end of this ropes. When the show begins, his wife is talking to him about all their expenses and it's obvious Clinton is at a loss what to do. When he gets to work, Clinton finds out that there's been a complaint made about him. And, as the show progresses, Clinton behaves sicker and sicker in the mind. It's obvious he's having some sort of nervous breakdown or schizophrenic break but why the time others realize it, it's too late--Clinton loses his mind and is now a danger to himself and others.

There is another subplot involving a private detective (Roger Carmel) whose gun permit isn't quite in order. In fact, because the Lieutenant is so busy with this, he is distracted from Clinton's case.

This installment of "The Naked City" is nice because it addresses something most police shows don't talk about--stress and the toll it takes on the officers. However, a pointless whale joke as well as an ending that made no sense (why, after disarming Clinton did they have him sit at a table where about 30 guns are resting?!) and so it loses a couple points. Worth seeing.

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