Naked City (1958–1963)
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The Hot Minerva 

The 65th Precinct's detectives take a crash course in the art underworld to recover an ancient statue of the goddess Athena. Who'd steal the hot Minerva, when they can never display it ? ... See full summary »


Paul Wendkos


Ernest Kinoy


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Burke ... Det. Adam Flint
Horace McMahon ... Lt. Mike Parker
Harry Bellaver ... Det. Frank Arcaro
Nancy Malone ... Libby Kingston
Glynis Johns ... Miss Arlington
Johnny Seven ... Stitch
William Redfield ... Phillip Weaver
Gerald Hiken Gerald Hiken ... Arthur Jarrell
Kurt Kasznar ... Alcibiades Munos
Jamie Smith ... Marty
Rebecca Sand Rebecca Sand ... Laura
Mitchell Ryan ... Quale (as Mitch Ryan)
Brandon Maggart ... Mullet
Graham Velsey Graham Velsey ... Henry
H.M. Crayon H.M. Crayon ... Lawyer (as H. M. Crayon)


The 65th Precinct's detectives take a crash course in the art underworld to recover an ancient statue of the goddess Athena. Who'd steal the hot Minerva, when they can never display it ? The gang of thieves are led by an odd couple who model themselves after Blackbeard and Captain Kidd, but look more like Wall Street CPAs. The museum's curator is not much help, because she's perfectly willing to pay a ransom for the statue she worships, no questions asked. Written by David Stevens

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For all the trouble it caused it wasn't worth the effort
3 October 2014 | by kapelusznik18See all my reviews

****SPOILERS**** It's these two Wall Street type Yuppies, years before the word Yuppi was even coined, Phillip & Arthur, William Redfield & Gerald Hiken, who got there hands on this Minerva statue that's been lost for over 2,000 years and then attempted to sell it to an unscrupulous collector Greek shipping magnet Alcibiades Munos, Kurt Kaszner. That's what started the ball rolling that ended in utter disaster for everyone involved. With Munso more then willing to pay $200,000.00, no questions asked, for the Minerva the thought in him being in the cast of the highly successful TV series "Naked City" was too much for his heart and had him drop dead within the first 15 minutes of the episode! That left both Phillip & Arthur holding the bag, as well as now worthless statute, in not having the cash to pay off those who heisted it, from a New York museum, the $25,000.00 that they promised to pay them!

It's the head of the team of statute-nappers Stitch played by Johnny Seven, is that a real name or made up one?, who puts the squeeze on Phillip & Arthur to come up with the cash or they'll, together with the Minerva, end up deep sixth at the bottom of then Hudson River. With all this going on it's the curator of the museum where the statue was stolen from Miss. Arlington, Glynis Jones, who goes out of her way risking her life to get her beloved Minerva back in dealing with Stitch, by paying him $25,000.00 in ransom, against the advice of the NYPD.

***SPOILERS*** It's the NYPD, New Yoprk Police Department, who uses the unsuspecting Miss. Arlington as bait to catch Stitch & his gang when she goes to this monument, for those recently deceased, wear-house in the South Bronx with the $25,000.00 in ransom money where the Minervar is hidden in plain sight or out in the open for anyone, including the police, to see! In a wild shoot-out between the police & Stitch's gang it's a miracle that the Minerva wasn't hit with all the bullets flying around which proved, to me at least, that the stone figure had magical as well as supernatural powers. As for Stich & Co. he and they warn't that lucky ending up shot and behind bars for doing something as stupid as stealing the worthless Minerva, that's so hot that no one would touch it, that wouldn't have gotten them as much as one wooden nickel or even red cent!

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29 November 1961 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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