Naked City (1958–1963)
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Tombstone for a Derelict 

Four young men decide to make known their concern about the problems of the world. They use a unique method to get everyone's attention - they randomly murder derelicts and leave clues that... See full summary »

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Nancy Malone ...
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Baldwin Larne
Polly Rowles ...
Mrs. Larne
William Hinnant ...
Fred (as Bill Hinnant)
Donald Gantry ...
Charlie (as Don Gantry)
Sam Capuano ...
Anthony Angelo
Dan Morgan ...
Street Cleaner
Dal Jenkins ...
Josh
Norman McKay ...
Larne's Attorney (as Norman MacKaye)
William Cottrell ...
Lab Technician
Robert Dryden ...
Gar Smith ...
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Four young men decide to make known their concern about the problems of the world. They use a unique method to get everyone's attention - they randomly murder derelicts and leave clues that will lead back to themselves. The four believe strongly in their cause and will sacrifice their lives. Are they sane or hopelessly mad? Written by dubchi

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5 April 1961 (USA)  »

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Saving mankind by killing it
3 October 2010 | by (Brooklyn NY USA) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** You know right away that your in for something strange and mind boggling with the introduction of the episode as the narrator in a sing song voice, as if he was fighting to stay awake, reads off a list of 20th century conflict, from WWI to Vietnam, and the number of those who died in them.

What were told that has to do with the story that were about to see is that these four young mentally deranged crusaders for humanity lead by the handsome and collegiate looking Baldwin Larne, Robert Redford, have decided to give up their live in the cause of saving humanity. Their plan is by murdering helpless and homeless New Yorkers, that nobody would miss, in order to get themselves arrested and executed for their crimes! Not only do these homicidal jerks leaves clues to the crimes they commit but masquerade around as Neo-Nazis sometimes in full Nazi SS uniforms as their committing them!

After a number of brutal murders this quartet of deranged lunatics are finally caught as they together with their "Fuhrer" Herr Larne eagerly await to be sentenced to the state electric chair in them boastfully admitting to what they did. What they end up getting is far worse then what they wanted and in that case it caused them to go completely nuts in realizing for the first time in the movie what a really bunch of mindless and murderous nut-jobs they really were! They end up getting what they really need not what they want in wanting a one way ticket to the Sing Sing electric chair. But a lifetime sentence in a state run mental institution!

I don't know what the reason was to put Baldwin Larne and his boys in such a bad light by the writers of this "Naked City" episode! Was it to show just how crazy ultra-right wing Neo-Nazis really are and thus make them, as if their not already, look bad in the eyes of the TV viewer? Or was their some disconnect in those who wrote the screenplay in that Nazis aren't as bad as we make them out to be but just a bunch very misunderstood, in the case of those in the film, young men who just want to do the right thing! By them throwing some light on modern society's many problems in just how rotten they are and with them, in murdering people and getting executed for it, in their own half baked and murderous ways trying to correct them!


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