The Naked City

1948

Action / Crime / Drama / Film-Noir / Mystery / Thriller

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 87%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 79%
IMDb Rating 7.6 10 10215

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John Randolph as Police Dispatcher
James Gregory as Albert Hicks
John Marley as Managing Editor
Kathleen Freeman as Stout Girl on Elevated Train
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Ed-Shullivan 8 / 10

I wish Hollywood was still making these interesting crime genre films...I enjoyed it

A woman is found dead in her bed by her cleaning lady which appears to be a suicide until the New York City police detectives take over the case and work it like a homicide. The venerable Irish actor Barry Fitzgerald is lead Detective Lt. Daniel Muldoon who needs all his wits about him as well as the assistance of all of his detectives to crack this case.

There are a number of suspects with motives to investigate and in a semi-documentary style the audience is fed clues gradually as we follow behind the hard working detectives as they interview the cast of suspects. A key suspect is a playboy hustler named Frank Niles who is played by a very young and good looking Howard Duff in his second movie role.

This is a film genre that has been lost (more likely extinct) to todays movie goers due in most part to film content and story line taking a back seat to today's Super Hero and Action films that are filled more with CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) than with an intriguing story line. Ten years after the 1948 film release of The Naked City the television producers over at ABC made a brilliant move and were successful in running 138 epsiodes over the next four (4) seasons. Even seventy (70) years later I still enjoyed watching this classic 1948 crime film classic .

I give the film a solid 8 out of 10 rating/

Reviewed by frankwiener 8 / 10

A Loin Cloth Might Have Helped

This film has so many positive aspects to it that I decided to ignore the point when the narration, as innovative and unique as it was for its time, reached beyond the limits of funkiness and corniness, which is very unlike the New York City of my memories. While I actually appreciated the narration at times, it eventually became too much of a good thing, especially some of the ridiculous and annoying comments interjected by many of "the average city folk on the street". Mark Hellinger, the producer, may have passed away too soon after his very personalized "love note" to New York was completed, but didn't director Jules Dassin ever bother to observe the finished product before it was finally released to the world?

I like the realistic atmosphere of the hot summer days and nights in New York, and, for a time, the documentary style did succeed in authenticating a fictional story. Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, and Don Taylor (remember him as Elizabeth Taylor's seriously upstaged groom in "Father of the Bride?") turned in very decent performances. I also enjoyed catching a brief glimpse of Arthur O'Connell as an inquisitive police detective several years before he hit the jackpot with his Oscar nominations in "Picnic" (1956) and in "Anatomy of a Murder" (1960), both outstanding, memorable accomplishments. If Mr. O'Connell continued to be neglected by Hollywood, as he was for nearly two decades, we would have been all the poorer for it. The two actors who left the biggest impressions on me here were not the leads but rather Ted de Corsia, who effortlessly played a very sinister Willy Garzah, and a mostly unknown Adelaide Klein as the mother of murder victim, Jean Dexter, in two very gripping and convincing scenes inside and then outside of the city morgue.

Aside from the often goofy interjections of the pedestrians on the street, which were not only unnecessary but at times disruptive to the natural flow of events on the screen, I thought this was a decent movie, which allowed us a no-nonsense, if not disturbing, view of the Big Apple in the simmering summer of 1947 before the days of air conditioning, all in glorious black and white. This movie was playing in the theaters at the time I was conceived in the spring of 1948, so that may explain my close connection to it and to many other movies produced in 1948 and 1949. As a matter of fact, I very nearly entered this world in the popcorn littered aisle of a movie theater in Newark, New Jersey, and the rest is history.

Reviewed by Jugu Abraham 8 / 10

Praiseworthy noir, thanks to the unusual narration, good script and direction

New York cops unravel a murder. Very believable tale with lots of sociological comments.

The most notable aspect is that the narrator tells the viewer who made the film--the director, the actors, the scriptwriters, etc., and the real inhabitants of the city. The narrator states an important fact--the entire film was shot outside the film studios: in New York, in the streets and in real apartments.

The cinematography (the final sequence), the direction and the script are all praiseworthy, keeping the viewer interested right up to the end. A rare film in which the cops are smart!

Structurally, very close to what Aristotle would have approved.

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