Naked City (1958–1963)
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Portrait of a Painter 

A mentally-disturbed young painter (William Shatner) confesses to murdering his wife, who was found on the floor of his studio. But the detectives seek to establish, with the help of the ... See full summary »


David Lowell Rich


Howard Rodman (teleplay), Mel Goldberg (teleplay) | 1 more credit »


Episode complete credited cast:
Paul Burke ... Det. Adam Flint
Horace McMahon ... Det Lt. Michael 'Mike' Parker
Harry Bellaver ... Det. Frank Arcaro
Nancy Malone ... Libby Kingston
William Shatner ... Roger Barmer
Barry Morse ... Art Dealer
Theodore Bikel ... Dr. Stanley Wilford
Lou Antonio ... Ernie
Jim Boles Jim Boles ... Turnkey
Duke Farley Duke Farley ... Patient
Marion Brash Marion Brash ... Miss Ponytail
Joe Silver ... Man in Doorway
Doris Rich Doris Rich ... Lady in Doorway
Robert Dryden Robert Dryden ... Police Surgeon




A mentally-disturbed young painter (William Shatner) confesses to murdering his wife, who was found on the floor of his studio. But the detectives seek to establish, with the help of the painter's psychiatrist, the full set of details that the painter cannot seem to recollect, which could prove either his guilt or innocence. Written by Rudy1957

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painter | portrait | memory loss | See All (3) »


Crime | Drama | Thriller



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The character of the art dealer is named Silliphant, not the most common name in the world. Stirling Silliphant was the creator of 'Naked City' and served as writer and executive story consultant for the series. See more »

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You always hurt the one you love
14 August 2012 | by sol-kaySee all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** William Shatner is the high strung and somewhat muddled minded Greenwich village artist Roger Barmen who after coming out of what seems like a self induced drug trip on LSD finds his wife Jan dead with over 40 stab wounds. Running through the streets of Manhattan like a raving madman Roger finds his way to his psychiatrist Dr. Wilford's, Theodore Bikes, midtown office trying to get help for the pressing situation, the murder of his wife, that he now finds himself in!

It doesn't take long for the NYPD to come on the scene and interview Roger in him being the prime suspect in his wife's murder. The trouble is that Roger has no idea what happened in that he was out cold on drugs when she was murdered! It was Dr. Wilford who realized that Roger was emotionally unstable and tried to have him, unsuccessfully, committed some three years ago. Now with him going off the deep end it's possible that he flipped his lid and knifed Jan to death when his mind suddenly snapped! Or did he?

***SPOILERS*** The key to Jan's murder is a painting that Roger painted of her just before or after she was murdered. In that painting, if you look hard enough at it, is the clue to what really lead to Jan's murder and even more important who murdered her!It took art expert Barry Morse who noticed something in the painting that alerted him to what it really signified compared to all the other paintings that Roger painted in his studio. Even though the police that included the feel good and ultra sensitive, towards people's problems, Det. Adam Flint, Paul Burke, almost blew the case in checking out a number of false leads that lead to nowhere. In the end it was Roger's painting, his one masterpiece among a pile of junk, of his wife that fingered her killer. A killer who left a clue the size of the Holland Tunnel that almost everyone overlooked that you can drive a 10 ton Ryder Truck through!

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10 January 1962 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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