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  • Actors: Paul Burke, Horace McMahon, Harry Belaver, Nancy Malone
  • Directors: Lamont Johnson, Irvin Kershner, Jerry Hopper, Paul Stanley, Harry Harris
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 626 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BZN1Q4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,440 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Naked City - Set 3" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 12 episodes on a 3 disc set

Editorial Reviews

More gripping tales from the crime series that pulls no punches! THE VIRTUES OF MADAME DOUVAY: A woman plans to blame her husband for a murder and run off with his stepbrother until Adam Flint investigates.

KING STANISLAUS & THE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE: Longtime friends Pete (Jack Klugman) and Steve follow an old Polish custom to resolve a bitter argument.

HER LIFE IN MOVING PICTURES: After a wealthy man's home is robbed, police find important clues in a diary belonging to the maid, Virginia Cort (Eileen Heckart).

ROBIN HOOD AND CLARENCE DARROW, WENT OUT WITH A BOW AND ARROW: Recent widower Earl Johannis (Eddie Albert) faces a gang of thieves when he tries to reach out to his sons, Jack and Chris (Christopher Walken).

THE APPLE FALLS NOT FAR FROM THE TREE: Walter Gerrick would do anything to keep his cherished son, Les (Keir Dullea), out of jail, even if he must risk arrest himself.

THE HIGHEST OF PRIZES: Richard Calder (Robert Culp) is gleeful after being found not guilty of murdering his wife but might be celebrating too soon.

ON THE BATTLEFRONT EVERY MINUTE IS IMPORTANT: Korsica (Kurt Kasznar) bungles a major robbery, which erupts into violence. Meanwhile, Detective Adam Flint gets a lucrative job offer.

NO NAKED LADIES IN FRONT OF GIOVANNI'S HOUSE: Hanging out in a college town, Ben Giovanni is enjoying an extended adolescence and will do anything to avoid marriage, even socking his tenant (Al Lewis) in the eye.

THE S.S. AMERICAN DREAM: George Paraskis feels he can make his lifelong dreams come true by restoring an old cargo ship, but when things go horribly wrong, he robs a loan shark (Roger C. Carmel). ONE, TWO, THREE, RITA RAKAHOWSKI: Stock boy Gorilla (Tony Franciosa) sets off a riot after vying with the business owner for the affection of Rita Rakahowski.

GOLDEN LADS AND GIRLS: After two men are arrested for wife-beating, the judge (Tom Bosley) orders them to get much-needed therapy, which they continue to resist.

BAREFOOT ON A BED OF COALS: Barber Stanley Walenty desperately wants to be a cop, donning a patrolman's uniform to wound a holdup man and facing off against a killer.

Customer Reviews

The shows on this DVD box set were good.
J. Spears
There they must both wrestle with their inner demons, even as their wives try to rebuild their marriages.
William Timothy Lukeman
GUEST STARS galore and beautifully acted.
Rick Goldschmidt

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Claude M. Gruener on March 24, 2006
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There is no payroll for Naked City dvds, so I am still not on it....and I don't want to be.

Buy this DVD, however, and watch it with a good stiff drink. Superb performances by everyone...but mostly by the city of New York, circa 1959-63. (A very different place then!) Film noir at its best before film noir was a buzzword...gritty, real, filmed on the streets..an incredible look at NYC with believeable heart-wrenching stories (with humor, too) and totally unreal performances. This set of DVDs is worth the price just for one of the hour-long episodes, starring pekingese-faced Madeleine Sherwood and John Larch. Such brilliant performances. As a bonus you get Paul Burke and lovely Nancy Malone (epitome of NY sophistication when I lived there)...plus all the other regulars. You are transported back to the 50's and 60's in NYC. If you don't want to go, don't buy it.

I just wish the DVDs played better on my player. Hard to move around on them...and sometimes they won't play at all...but then I throw them onto my computer and they play perfectly. But any problems are worth it...the soundtrack, the Naked City theme, the reality of the plots and characters, and being transported magically back to New York in those somehow simpler days.

Try it, you'll like it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Only-A-Child VINE VOICE on April 5, 2008
The 138 episodes (all in B&W) of the police drama "Naked City" were originally broadcast on ABC from 1958-1963. The series started in a 30-minute format (39 episodes), took a year long break and return in a 60-minute format. The series was filmed in the old Biograph Studios in the Bronx, famous as the studio where D.W. Griffith got his start. Image Entertainment's 3 DVD release "Naked City - Set 3" contains an assortment of twelve of the hour-long episodes from the last part of season 4. The titles, episode numbers, and original air-dates are detailed below.

Although the title makes it sound like a racy exploitation series it is actually the total opposite. Many consider this gritty crime drama the best ever of its genre and the title reflects a focus on stripping away the glamour off NYC and exposing its ugly inside; at least to the extent that they could get away with on broadcast television during those years.

"Naked City" is a follow-up to the 1948 film noir feature of the same name. Both movie and television series utilized extensive location shooting and they definitely have a different feel than the Hollywood product of that era. Also unusual was featuring jazz music by Billy May and Nelson Riddle.

The show never stopped changing its cast and was a bit like "Police Story" in this regard, as it designed to showcase its many great guest stars (it drew a lot of big names from Broadway); and this variety was the show's greatest asset.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Cheyenne Bodie on November 24, 2006
David Janssen is the star of "On the Battlefront Every Moment is Important". The co-writer of that episode is series story editor Howard Rodman, who would create Janssen's "Harry O" a decade later. Janssen would start playing "The Fugitive" the year after this episode aired.

Janssen plays the owner of an advertising agency who is dying of leukemia. Janssen decides intelligent, creative, focused Detective Adam Flint (Paul Burke) is the right man to take over his company. Flint, who is investigating a theft at the company, must decide whether to leave the force for the challenges and rewards of running a business.

One scene was filmed in the famous restaurant "Danny's Hideaway", and propreitor Danny has a role.

This was one of Janssen's very few performances prior to "The Fugitive" where he showed the gravitas he would give to the character of Dr. Richard Kimble. I think this episode might have influenced producer Roy Huggins when he created "Run For Your Life", a series about a man (Ben Gazzara) with only a year or two to live.

This was Janssen's second guest star role on "Naked City". He also guest starred once on "Route 66", which had the same executive producer (Bert Leonard). Janssen was a close and long time friend of series star Paul Burke. Janssen, Burke, Martin Milner ("Route 66") and Clint Eastwood had small roles in one of Universal's "Francis, The Talking Mule" movies in the mid 1950's.

"Naked City" used the best actors in America as guest stars, such as George C. Scott, Lee J. Cobb, Peter Falk and Walter Mathau. Janssen wasn't in that league, but he was at his best on this show.

Janssen isn't listed on the box as one of the stars of these episodes of "Naked City". I wonder why.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Fay on January 19, 2007
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After purchasing two other sets of Naked City DVDs, I have to say that this #3 was NOT Naked City's "finest hours."

It seems to me that by the time the Naked City writers got to the year 1963 (the show's last season), they must have started to get burnt out on story lines. With the other disks, I found myself watching the whole four one-hour episodes in one sitting, but these disks (it's a three-disk set) I found myself stopping mid-way to go to bed.

The investigation plot was somewhat confusing, compounded by a script made up of inane wording requiring the viewer to stop and think, "What did he just say, and what does it have to do with the story?" Basically...and sadly...it seemed that the writers had a hard time filling the the one-hour show.

All-in-all, the shows are good, if for only the NYC scenery and watching then-unknown actors (like Dustin Hoffman and Christopher Walken, and "Law and Order" DA Stephen Hill as a young man) play some of their first roles in show buisiness.

If you are an old-time New Yorker, and a fan of old black-and-white TV, you'll enjoy having the whole Naked City set.
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