Naked City: Season 1, Episode 5

Violent Circle (28 Oct. 1958)

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Detective Halloran goes undercover as a patient in a hospital mental ward in an attempt to identify the murderer of patient who was a witness in a gang killing.


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Episode credited cast:
Det. James 'Jimmy' Halloran
Harry Bellaver ...
Suzanne Storrs ...
Janet Halloran
House Jameson ...
Earl Rowe ...
Robert E. Well ...
Mark Allen ...
Janice Mars ...
Nurse Kaufman
Helm Lyon ...
Jenö Mate ...
Parker (as Jeno Mate)
Alison Marshall ...
Debbie Halloran (credit only)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herbert B. Leonard ...
Narrator (voice) (as Bert Leonard)


Detective Halloran goes undercover as a patient in a hospital mental ward in an attempt to identify the murderer of patient who was a witness in a gang killing.

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Action | Crime | Drama




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28 October 1958 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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A madman is punished by his madness alone
2 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

. ***SPOILERS*** This "Naked City" episode very obviously inspired the Samuel Fuller cult movie "Shock Corridor" some four years later with Det. James Halloran, James Franciscus,going under cover as a mental patient to uncover a murder committed at the mental ward at the Welfare Island Hospital. It's when Jeramie Watkins an eye witness to a mob murder was found strangled in his bed in the hospital mental ward that it was decided that Det. Halloran have himself checked into the hospital as a man suffering from extreme emotional depression to find Watkins' killer. It was Watkins who was actually under police protection not suffering from any mental ailment when he was secretly, under an assumed name, admitted into the what everyone calls the "Funny Farm".

At first blending in with the mental patients Det. Hallaron slips up by trying to be the both craziest and strongest man in the mental ward that his identity as a cop is quickly uncovered by his fellow inmates. It's just when Halleron is about to be done in that Watkins' killer ironically comes to his rescue. And at the same time reveals who he really is. Not just Watkins murderer but the person secretly committed by the mob inside the mental ward in order to get to and murder Jeremy Watkins!

****SPOILERS*** The ending of this "Naked City" episode is very much like that of the 1948 movie "The Nasked City" with Watkins' killer on the run from the law and trapped on the 59th Street or Queensboro Bridge. It was both sad an ironic that the very person who saved undercover policeman James Halloran's life from the crazed and mentally unstable mental patients ended up himself killed or gunned down by the police lead by Det. Halloran in trying to escape from justice!And the justice he got was a bullet in his gut and a 150 foot fall to his death into the polluted East River

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