The Naked City
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Young model Jean Dexter is knocked unconscious and drowned in her own bathtub in her Manhattan apartment, and a lot of jewelry that she supposedly owned is missing. The Naked City is actually about six days in the life of New York City that coincide with the murder and the subsequent investigation by Lt. Dan Muldoon (Barry Fitzgerald) and Detective James Halloran (Don Taylor). The account of their work, and the workings of the New York City police department, is interspersed with brief vignettes about the life of the city around them, and, especially, the reaction of residents to the murder… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A definite parochial fascination is liberally assured all the way and the seams in a none-too-good whodunnit are rather cleverly concealed."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"One of Jules Dassin's best features is a quintessential film noir, distinguished by its on-location shooting and Daniels' sharp imagery, which deservedly won the Oscar"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This superlative film set the pattern for myriad documentary-type dramas to come."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The narration is the only bad thing about an otherwise wonderful [film]."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"A first-rate police thriller."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Affords the viewer a look at a type of city life that has long since disappeared, giving the film a kind of documentary time-capsule flavor."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It plays as just another crime episode in a typical homicide detective's day."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The on-location photography and final minutes on the streets and bridge are impressive, but this noir is more memorable for what it inspired to follow it than in its slow talky self."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"What The Naked City does is paint an indelible vision of both the New York City that never sleeps and of the human life and industry that teems within it"
‑ Jake Euker,
"Standard plot but the visuals are amazing"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
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