Naked City 1948 Barry Fitzgerald Crime Drama Black & White
Stars: Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Dorothy Hart
In Naked City, amid a semi-documentary portrait of New York and its people, Jean Dexter is murdered in her apartment. Jean was an attractive blonde model. Homicide detectives Dan Muldoon and Jimmy Halloran investigate. Suspicion falls on various shifty characters who all prove to have some connection with a string of apartment burglaries. A burglar is then found dead who once had an elusive partner named Willie. The climax is a very rapid manhunt sequence.
Based on a story by Malvin Wald, this film incorporates heavy elements of police procedure. Filmed entirely on location in New York City, the film features landmarks such as the Williamsburg Bridge and the Whitehall Building. An apartment building on West 83rd Street in Manhattan is the scene of the murder.
Did you know?
The film received two Academy Awards. One was for cinematography for William Daniels, and another for film editing to Paul Weatherwax. In 2007, The Naked City was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant“.
- Director: Jules Dassin
- Country: USA
- Language: English
- Production Co.: Hellinger Productions
- Run time: 96 minutes
- Sound: Mono (Western Electric Recording)
- Color: Black and White
- Region: 1 (USA, Canada), NTSC
Sample Video From The Naked City
Reproduced on a professional-grade DVD-R. Packaged in a single DVD case. Cover art is exactly as shown in the image.
For another movie set in New York city, consider Blast of Silence. After away for some time, professional killer Frankie Bono returns to New York to do another job: assassinate a mid-level mobster.
You may also enjoy Union Station, starring Barry Fitzgerald. The story plot line is great and the characters are entertaining, but the REAL star of the movie is the incredible historical Union Station itself.
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