Naked City (1958–1963)
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King Stanislaus and the Knights of the Round Stable 

Two longtime Polish friends in the meat business have some bad blood between them and fight to resolve their issues.


James Sheldon


Abram S. Ginnes


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Episode cast overview:
Paul Burke ... Det. Adam Flint
Horace McMahon ... Lt. Mike Parker
Harry Bellaver ... Det. Frank Arcaro
Jack Klugman ... Pete Kammik
John Larch ... Steve Werminski
Joanna Merlin ... Gloria Werminski
Boris Tumarin Boris Tumarin ... Butcher
Rosetta Veneziano Rosetta Veneziano ... Mrs. Arcaro (as Rosetta Veneziani)
Sybil Bowan Sybil Bowan ... Mrs. Cormely
Michael Gorrin ... Father Thaddeus


Two longtime Polish friends in the meat business have some bad blood between them and fight to resolve their issues.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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The photo of the grandfather in the opening scene is of actor Ed Begley. See more »


The final shot is a pan down and across from a high window to a sign over a gate reading Woman's Hospital. It is actually run backwards, originally going from gate to window, and smoke going into a chimney pipe and a girl walking backwards are seen. See more »


[first lines]
[Steve Werminski is sitting in his apartment drinking alcohol, talking to a framed picture of his dead grandfather]
Steve Werminski: Grandpa, how does it feel to be dead, uh? They let you meet with, uh, King Stanislaus yet?
[He begins laughing, then cries]
Narrator: His mother drowned one summer at Far Rockaway, and his father, who couldn't swim, vanished trying to save her. The 9-year-old boy entered the world of his grandpa. Grandpa's world was full of wonderful things. For instance, King Stanislaus and the ...
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Poles Apart
25 March 2013 | by sol-kaySee all my reviews

**SPOILERS*** Both actor Jack Klugman and John Larch as Polish Ameicans Pete Kammik & Steve Werminski who at a time of great joy and happiness in the birth of Steve's son become the bitterest of enemies! That because as in the case of Steve he can't quite accept the good luck that he's having. Challenging Pete to a duel in the meat cooler where he works at the meat processing factory in Manhattan Steve gets a large bottle of vodka for the two to get drunk on so they can get on with it, the big fight, without feeling any pain. It's Steve who's been secretly holding his friend Pete responsible for wrecking the High-Fi Stereo set that he brought him as a present and never forgave him for that.

Things could have gotten a lot worse if the two drunks were sober but it in fact was the booze or vodka that by immobilizing them and kept the two from killing themselves. It was also NYPD detective Frank Arcaro's, Harry Bellaver, mom played by Rosetta Venzeiano who noticed the two at each other throats a the local butcher shop where Peter works. It's Moma Arcaro who got her son to have the cops to rush down to the meat market where Steve is a manager and prevent any real and serious bloodshed from happening.

***SPOILERS*** the big fight between Steve & Pete in the meat cooler didn't amount to much with both gladiators passing out almost dead drunk before any damage could be done. It's after all the fighting was over that both Steve & Pete realized what a bunch of jerks they really were and as the best of friends went back to their lives, and in the case of Steve to his wife and new member of the Werminski family, and put all their foolishness and differences that they exhibited all throughout this "Naked City" episode behind them.

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12 December 1962 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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