Worth it for a look at New York City in 1948 at street level where the actors seem as much a part of the crowd as they are in a film.
“Based on a story by Malvin Wald, The Naked City portrays the police investigation that follows the murder of a young model. A veteran cop is placed in charge of the case and he sets about, with the help of other beat cops and detectives, finding the girl’s killer. The Naked City producerMark Hellinger‘s voice was used for the film’s narration. Hellinger died of a sudden heart attack after a preview of the movie. The film was the inspiration for the 1958-63 TV series Naked Cityand its closing tag line, “There are eight million stories in the Naked City. This has been one of them.”
According to the book Noir Style by Alain Silver and James Ursini, the visual style of The Naked City was inspired by New York photographer Weegee, who published a book of photos of New York life entitled Naked City (1945).”