The Naked City

You readers know me too well. You know I am not talking about the TV series. I am talking about the 1948 movie that inspired it and also the tag line “There are eight million stories in the naked city.” Of course this movie is in black and white.


For all you Barry Fitzgerald fans, this is your movie. He’s a crusty Irish (what else) cop on the case of a beautiful young model who has been murdered. Detective Lt. Dan Muldoon is assigned to the case and organizes a team of beat cops and investigators. They work through the intrigue behind the murder and uncover the criminal organization behind it.

The story is told in documentary fashion with external shots on location in New York City. It received Academy Awards for “Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, William H. Daniels; Best Film Editing, Paul Weatherwax.”

I am not sure whether I saw the film when it first came out. I did watch it on Turner Classic Movies and recorded it on DVD. This should be a candidate for the Friday night movie.

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