Naked City: 20 Star-Filled Episodes [5 Discs] [DVD]

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The location-filmed cop drama Naked City was seen in a half-hour format during its inaugural season, which originally ran on ABC from 1958 to 1959. John McIntire stars in the earliest episodes as wizened veteran NYPD lieutenant Dan Muldoon, the role played by Barry Fitzgerald in the 1948 film version of The Naked City. Muldoon has a young, eager partner, Detective Jim Halloran, played by James Franciscus. Sitting at home and worrying about her hubby's well-being is Jim's lovely wife Janet, played by Suzanne Storrs. Rounding out the regulars is Harry Bellaver as a hard-working patrolman, who, like Muldoon, knows every inch of his Manhattan Island jurisdiction -- and also knows virtually every hood, punk and plug-ugly within a 20-mile radius. When John McIntire decided to leave the series halfway through the season, he was written out of the action in a spectacularly violent fashion. In "The Bumper," the episode originally telecast March 17, 1959, Muldoon is killed in a flaming explosion when his car is forced off the road and smacks into an oil truck. The next episode, "The Running of Bulls," introduces Horace McMahon as Jim Halloran's new partner, another seasoned veteran named Lt. Mike Parker. A number of familiar character actors are seen during season one of Naked City, among them Jack Klugman, Robert Alda, Ross Martin, Frank Sutton, Mark Rydell, George Maharis, Lawrence Tierney, Michael Ansara, and a young Diane Ladd. Several of the scripts were written by Stirling Silliphant, who developed the series along with producer Herbert B. Leonard. Naked City was dropped at the end of its inaugural season -- not because of poor ratings, but because the producers wanted to expand it into an hour-long format, and there was no room on the fall 1959 ABC schedule for such a expansion. It would be another year before the 60-minute Naked City finally burst onto the scene. ~ Hal Erickson

Cast & Crew

  • John McIntire - Det. Lt. Dan Muldoon
  • James Franciscus - Det. Jim Halloran
  • Suzanne Storrs - Janet Halloran
  • Harry Bellaver - Sgt. Frank Arcaro
  • Horace McMahon - Lt. Mike Parker
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