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The Naked City

  • Drama
  • 1948
  • Jules Dassin
  • 91 mins
  • A

Summary

Hard-hitting, documentary-style crime drama starring Barry Fitzgerald and Howard Duff. Following the discovery of a beautiful blonde model murdered in her bath, world-weary New York homicide detective Dan Muldoon and his partner James Halloran are assigned to the case but find that substantial leads are hard to come by.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Thanks to its innovative documentary style and character-driven treatment, this otherwise conventional cop drama (murdered blonde in bathtub, homicide squad gets moving) was hugely influential. The movie is hard-hitting, gripping and a hymn to the excitement of New York City where it was shot entirely on location. Narrated by its producer (and former crime reporter) Mark Hellinger, whose last production it was before his early death, it stars an effective Barry Fitzgerald as the police lieutenant heading the murder investigation. There were Oscars for cinematography and editing, and the voiceover proclaiming "eight million stories in the naked city" passed into popular culture thanks to the long-running TV series inspired by the movie. The film confirmed the reputation of director Jules Dassin, but he was soon forced into European exile by the McCarthy communist witchhunt.

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Credits

Cast

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Lt Dan MuldoonBarry Fitzgerald
Frank NilesHoward Duff
Ruth MorrisonDorothy Hart
Jimmy HalloranDon Taylor
GarzahTed De Corsia
Dr StonemanHouse Jameson
Mrs HalloranAnne Sargent
Mrs BatoryAdelaide Klein
NarratorMark Hellinger

Crew

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DirectorJules Dassin

Details

Theatrical distributor
General Film Dist Ltd
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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