The Naked City
The Naked City (1948)

Attractive blonde model Jean Dexter is murdered in her apartment and homicide detectives Dan Muldoon and Jimmy Halloran take on the case. Their investigation ties the model's death to a string of apartment burglaries.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 4, 1948
DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Throughout, despite its omniscient, stark melodrama, there has been no sight lost of an element of humor.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A first-rate police thriller.

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Robin Karney
Radio Times

The movie is hard-hitting, gripping and a hymn to the excitement of New York City where it was shot entirely on location.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

A definite parochial fascination is liberally assured all the way and the seams in a none-too-good whodunnit are rather cleverly concealed.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Outstanding mystery with brilliant location photography in New York City.

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Michelle Devereaux
The Skinny

If this is noir, it's the most brightly lit, least antisocial noir ever.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A rather overrated police-procedure thriller which has gained its seminal status simply by its accent on ordinariness and by its adherence to the ideal of shooting on location.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

Both a landmark and some sort of masterpiece.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk 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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Crazy cool Weegee-esque 1947 New York exteriors. This movie begins where most film noirs end. Slightly humdrum police procedural but at the time it was a real… More
Reid Volk
A distant procedural that confirms our worst fears: that committing a murder is as commonplace as going to work in the Big Apple. Right from it's… More
Kevin M. Williams
Just a ripping good police drama with New York as the ever present backdrop. Barry Fitzgerald is the lead (!!!) (and atypically reserved ... though he does… More
Devon Bott
Frank Niles might be one of the dumbest "conmen" to ever grace the silver screen. He's a horrible, unconvincing liar who is caught almost… More
Spencer S.
Another in a long line of detective films, I can't justifiably call this a noir by any means. Sure, it's certainly gritty and calls upon the same… More
Michael Gildea
The Naked City is almost enough to piss off the Pope the first time you see it. Producer Mark Hellinger's narration starts off as an unexpected treat… More