Naked City (1958–1963)
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The Well-Dressed Termite 

A shady businessman's junior partner takes it upon himself to order the death of a blackmailer. The junior partner has also schemed to reunite his boss and estranged wife. These "favors" ... See full summary »


Laslo Benedek


Jay Dratler


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Episode cast overview:
Paul Burke ... Det. Adam Flint
Horace McMahon ... Lt. Mike Parker
Harry Bellaver ... Det. Frank Arcaro
Jack Klugman ... Sam Braden
Norma Crane ... Lily Braden
Philip Abbott ... Charles Alvis
John Baragrey ... David Clark Fairport
Fred J. Scollay ... Joe Corley
House Jameson ... Mr. Williams
Mitchell Ryan ... Marty Minters (as Mitch Ryan)
Richard Kronold Richard Kronold ... Det. Dutton
Vic Ramos Vic Ramos ... Patrolman Hardin
Edwin Cooper ... Old Gent
Florence Dunlap Florence Dunlap ... Mrs. Warren (as Florence Dunlop)


A shady businessman's junior partner takes it upon himself to order the death of a blackmailer. The junior partner has also schemed to reunite his boss and estranged wife. These "favors" lead to a fatal chain of events which no one, including the junior partner, could possibly have predicted. Written by dubchi

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Crime | Drama | Thriller



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A citizen has a right to spend his time in a sewer doesn't he
12 June 2014 | by kapelusznik18See all my reviews

****SPOILERS*** One of the more confusing "Naked City" episode that has to do with wire tapping, ten years before Watergate, as well as stock manipulation with poor Jack Klugman playing the sad sack Sam Braden getting screwed from all sides by his ungrateful wife Lily, Norma Crane, and business partner Charles Avis, Philip Abbott, and the person he hired to do his dirty work electrician Joe Corley, Fred J. Scoally, all with in 50 minutes length of the "Naked City" episode. It's Lily who's been hanging out with rich well bred and politically connected David Clark Fairpoint, John Bargrey, who's financing a Broadway play that she's pushing. It's Sam who's been having his phones wiretapped to get evidence against Lily in a future divorce case he's planning to use against her unless she, the guy is absolutely crazy about her, come back to him.

Fairpoint, who's broke and on the balls of his a**,is in deep with a group of big time Wall Street stock manipulators who's using information that they've been feeding him to make himself a killing in the market. This has both the stock men an Sam have his penthouse apartment bugged to find out every move, in bed and out, that he makes. When the big boss or Stock manipulator Mr. Williams played by House Jameson, who was in the original "Naked City" movie in 1948, exposed Fairpoint underhanded actions he panics. In Fairpoint later attempting to de-bug his apartment he slips and drops from his 18th floor patio to his death on the street below. It's now Sam who's on his way to get back to Lily who's in for a surprise at the very time when things, with Fairpoint out of the way, turn right for him.

***SPOILERS***While having his daily bubble-bath Sam's partner Charlie Avis make his move on him in order to get in good with Lily, whom he's secretly in love with, then in him taking over his electronic company. What Charlie didn't know is that the police were monitoring his every move but that didn't help Sam at all. He was already history by the time the police broke into his apartment to keep Charlie from murdering Lily, the object of his obsessions, for rejecting his advances with her both husband Sam and lover Fairpoint now out of the way.

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8 February 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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