Naked City (1958–1963)
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Construction workers unearth the skeleton of a 14-year old boy, dead and buried for about 25 years. The only clue to his identity -- and fate -- is a cigarette lighter with the monogram JLY... See full summary »

Director:

James Sheldon

Writers:

Alvin Sargent (teleplay), Jerome Gruskin (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Paul Burke ... Det. Adam Flint
Horace McMahon ... Lt. Mike Parker
Harry Bellaver ... Det. Frank Arcaro
Nancy Malone ... Libby Kingston
Jack Warden ... Sam Langan
Bethel Leslie ... Amy Langan
Carroll O'Connor ... Tony Corran
Roger C. Carmel ... Alfred Gurdine
Ludmila Toretzka Ludmila Toretzka ... Mrs. Doxaras (as Ludmilla Toretzka)
Joseph Sullivan Joseph Sullivan ... Arthur Flake
Patricia Wheel Patricia Wheel ... Eleanor Corran
Otto Lohmann Otto Lohmann ... Joseph Yates
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Construction workers unearth the skeleton of a 14-year old boy, dead and buried for about 25 years. The only clue to his identity -- and fate -- is a cigarette lighter with the monogram JLY. Learning of this from the morning paper, perpetual ne'er-do-well Sam Langan recognizes both the dead boy and a chance to advance himself. Written by Mister-UHF

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1962 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A grisly discovery..
25 January 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This show begins with a creepy discovery--the skeleton of a person about 14 years-old and which had apparently been buried about 25 years. Who this was, no one is certain. However, an old woman thinks it might be her missing son--and Detective Arcaro's girlfriend meets the woman and begs for the police to re-open the case. But with little to go on, the police have little choice but keep the case closed.

In the meantime, this IS someone who knows about the body. Sam Langan (Jack Warden) is a bit of a loser--and he knows that three very successful businessmen (two of which are played by Roger Carmel and Carroll O'Connor) are responsible for the body and he plans on blackmailing them--but not for money. Considering how powerful they are, Sam is really taking a huge risk trying to shake down these guys. They could just have him killed. All in all, a fascinating episode of "Naked City". Not among the best but very unusual and interesting.

By the way, the story that Detective Arcaro's girlfriend told about the dog is the plot from the play/film "Come Back Little Sheba". Folks back in the day would have known this, as it was a huge hit--and garnered all sorts of praise and awards.


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