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The Naked City ()


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Two New York City detectives investigate the death of an attractive young woman. The apparent suicide turns out to be murder.

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Lt. Dan Muldoon
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Frank Niles
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Ruth Morrison
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Jimmy Halloran
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Captain Donahue
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Willly Garzah (as Ted De Corsia)
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Dr. Stoneman
Anne Sargent ...
Mrs. Halloran
Adelaide Klein ...
Mrs. Batory
Grover Burgess ...
Mr. Batory
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Detective Perelli
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Mrs. Hylton
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Narrator (voice)
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Little Old Lady (uncredited)
Celia Adler ...
Dress Shop Proprietress (uncredited)
Janie Alexander ...
Little Girl (uncredited)
Joyce Allen ...
Shopgirl (uncredited)
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Mrs. Stoneman (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ...
Detective (uncredited)
Harris Brown ...
Harvey - Building Superintendent (uncredited)
Ralph Bunker ...
Medical Examiner Hoffman (uncredited)
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Pete Backalis (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
Retta Coleman ...
Crippled Girl (uncredited)
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Charles Meade - Parole Officer (uncredited)
Curt Conway ...
Det. Nick - Fingerprint Man (uncredited)
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Ambulance Doctor (uncredited)
Grace Coppin ...
Miss Livingston (uncredited)
William Cottrell ...
Bisbee (uncredited)
Harold Crane ...
Man (uncredited)
Sarah Cunningham ...
Nurse (uncredited)
Johnny Dale ...
Mr. Stillman (uncredited)
Denise Doyle ...
Girl Child (uncredited)
Arthur 'Weegee' Fellig ...
Photographer (uncredited)
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Henry Fowler (uncredited)
Andre D. Foster ...
Jeweler (uncredited)
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Stout Girl on Elevated Train (uncredited)
Pearl Gaines ...
Mrs. Hylton's Maid (uncredited)
Earle Gilbert ...
Banker (uncredited)
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Cop at Williamsburg Bridge (uncredited)
William E. Green ...
Man (uncredited)
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City Editor (uncredited)
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Patrolman Albert Hicks (uncredited)
Bobby Gusehoff ...
Child (uncredited)
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Cop (uncredited)
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Druggist (uncredited)
Stevie Harris ...
Billy Halloran (uncredited)
Bern Hoffman ...
Wrestler (uncredited)
Cavada Humphrey ...
Mother (uncredited)
Edwin Jerome ...
Publisher (uncredited)
Reggie Jouvain ...
Boy Child (uncredited)
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Mr. McCormick (uncredited)
Joseph Karney ...
Wrestler (uncredited)
Kermit Kegley ...
Qualen (uncredited)
Albert Kelley ...
Newsboy (uncredited)
David Kermen ...
Patrolman (uncredited)
Joe Kerr ...
Ned Harvey (uncredited)
Judson Laire ...
Publisher (uncredited)
Charles Latorella ...
Boy Child (uncredited)
Maureen Latorella ...
Girl Child (uncredited)
Perc Launders ...
Police Photographer (uncredited)
Marion Leeds ...
Nurse (uncredited)
Judith Suzanne Locker ...
Girl Child (uncredited)
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Det. Fredericks (uncredited)
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Managing Editor (uncredited)
Diana Pat Marlow ...
Girl Child (uncredited)
Norma Jane Marlow ...
Girl Child (uncredited)
Margaret McAndrew ...
Girl Child (uncredited)
Marsha McClelland ...
Girl Child (uncredited)
John McQuade ...
Det. Dace Constantino (uncredited)
Carl Milletaire ...
Young Man Who Confesses to Dexter Murder (uncredited)
Virginia Mullen ...
Martha Swenson (uncredited)
John Joseph Mulligan ...
Boy Child (uncredited)
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Sgt. Shaeffer (uncredited)
Blanche Obronska ...
Mother (uncredited)
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Sgt. Dave Miller (uncredited)
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Smiling Man Departing Subway (uncredited)
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Soda-Selling Shopkeeper (uncredited)
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Police Dispatcher (uncredited)
Anthony Rivers ...
Ed Garzah (uncredited)
Amelia Romano ...
Shopgirl (uncredited)
Clifford Sales ...
Boy Child (uncredited)
Carole Selvester ...
Girl Child (uncredited)
Richard W. Shankland ...
Blind Man (uncredited)
George Sherwood ...
Patrolman (uncredited)
Gregg Sherwood ...
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Patrolman (uncredited)
Ralph Simone ...
Old Gentleman (uncredited)
Hester Sondergaard ...
Miss Owens - Stoneman's Nurse (uncredited)
Mildred Stronger ...
Girl Child (uncredited)
Elliott Sullivan ...
Wrestlers' Trainer (uncredited)
Charles Thompson ...
Ticket Taker (uncredited)
Mervin Williams ...
Records Clerk (uncredited)
Victor Zimmerman ...
Patrolman (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jules Dassin

Written by

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Albert Maltz ... (screenplay) &
Malvin Wald ... (screenplay)
 
Malvin Wald ... (from a story by)

Produced by

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Jules Buck ... associate producer
Mark Hellinger ... producer

Music by

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Miklós Rózsa ... (as Miklos Rozsa)
Frank Skinner

Cinematography by

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William H. Daniels ... director of photography (as William Daniels)

Film Editing by

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Paul Weatherwax ... film editor

Art Direction by

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John DeCuir ... (art direction) (as John F. DeCuir)

Set Decoration by

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Oliver Emert ... (set decorations)
Russell A. Gausman ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

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Grace Houston ... (gowns)

Makeup Department

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Carmen Dirigo ... hair stylist
Bud Westmore ... makeup

Production Management

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Gilbert Kurland ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Fred Frank ... assistant director

Sound Department

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Leslie I. Carey ... sound
Vernon W. Kramer ... sound

Camera and Electrical Department

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Bert Anderson ... still photographer (uncredited)
Howard Block ... camera operator (uncredited)
Arthur 'Weegee' Fellig ... still photographer (uncredited)
Den Hokins ... grip (uncredited)
Lew Schwartz ... camera operator (uncredited)
Roy Tripp ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Joy Thorpe ... dress shop

Music Department

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Milton Schwarzwald ... musical supervisor
George Bassman ... music director (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten ... musician (uncredited)
Eugene Zador ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Mary Chaffee ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Connie Earl ... script supervisor (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Amid a semi-documentary portrait of New York and its people, Jean Dexter, an attractive blonde model, is murdered in her apartment. Homicide detectives Dan Muldoon and Jimmy Halloran investigate. Suspicion falls on various shifty characters who all prove to have some connection with a string of apartment burglaries. Then a burglar is found dead who once had an elusive partner named Willie. The climax is a very rapid manhunt sequence. Filmed entirely on location in New York City. Written by Rod Crawford

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Taglines RAW LIFE! REAL LIFE! RECKLESS LIFE! (re-release print ad - all caps) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Homicide (United States)
  • La cité sans voiles (France)
  • La ciudad desnuda (Spain)
  • La città nuda (Italy)
  • Nos Bastidores de Nova Iorque (Portugal)
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  • 96 min
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Trivia Most of the street scenes were shot on location in New York without the public's knowledge. Photographer William H. Daniels and his uncredited assistant Roy Tripp filmed people on the streets using a hidden camera from the back of an old moving van. Occasionally, a fake newsstand with a hidden camera inside was also set up on the sidewalk to secretly film the actors. Director Jules Dassin hired a juggler to distract the crowds, and also hired a man to occasionally climb up on a light post and give a patriotic speech, while waving an American flag to get the crowd's attention. See more »
Goofs In the scene near the end where Garza is running along a street in New York, the car holding the camera (in the passenger window) is visible in the store windows, keeping pace with the actor as he stops and starts. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Movie Orgy (1968). See more »
Soundtracks Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves) See more »
Crazy Credits The opening credits are spoken by producer/narrator Mark Hellinger. No credits are seen on the screen. See more »
Quotes [last lines]
Narrator: There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them.
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