- Paperback: 218 pages
- Publisher: Autumn Road Company (2008)
- ISBN-10: 0972868437
- ISBN-13: 978-0972868433
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,789,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Naked City: The Television Series Paperback – 2008
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Jay Bhatt - W. W. Hagerty Library, Drexel University
One of the actors (Johnny Seven) who is quoted, ties it all together when he says, "What made Naked City so different was that its main star was a superstar: New York City." The realistic location scenes (The series was filmed on the streets of New York) gave this show its edge, and it was a hard edge, even when the episode was one that illustrated the compassion that could be found on those hard streets.
Rosin elaborates on the show's genesis (it was adapted from the 1948 movie), and then synopsizes every episode throughout the TV show's lifetime (It was a 30-minute series 1958-59, then expanded to one hour 1960-63), but he cleverly refuses to spoil the plots, just in case you decide to order some DVDs of the show.
He also gives many of the major players in the series a thorough biography at book's end. Add in the great black-and-white photos of the street action and cast members, and you've got an accurate, handy, and concise history of TV's early days, via one of its best offerings.
A different "local TV channel" recently ran a. marathon of Naked City I captured on DVR. I've been slowly watching each episode. The storylines, the humanity, the videography. A genuine time-capsule of mid-century New York. Given what this review is about, I am embarrassed to say that I forgot that I even have Mames Rosin's book. I just glanced at it and must say that. Overall, as a basic reference to Naked City, it is good enough.
Unless there was an attempt to avoid "spoilers"' I find that the episode descriptions often lack depth. I gazed at a few "random" episodes and one seemed to imply, let's say, a reconciliation or a positive resolve. It was quite the contrary. The end was tragic and there was no mention of the twists and turns of the storyline which would influence me to REALLY want to see the episode. Instead, the actual episode arguably ranks way up there with Naked City's best. See spoiler alert below.
In addition, the author numbered the episodes in apparent sequence but failed to use the more useful format, Season #, Episode #.
Don't get me wrong. I think this book is useful to both fans and those curious about Naked City. There are photographs and bibliography's of the actors and those behind the scenes. There are also very nice excerpts from interviews as well.Read more ›
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Very helpful, very informative book. Accompanies the DVD set quite well and has answered many, many questions about particular episodes. Very well written!!Published 8 months ago by katzrule
A wonderful depiction of episodes and the content presented about police stories mostly before 1960 I presume, that were very
James Rosin has done an excellent job compiling interviews, information and photos about Naked City for his book, and this would seem to be a monumental task considering the... Read morePublished on January 22, 2012 by C. Rico