Naked City
Episode Guide - First Season
(30-Minute Series)
Guide by Stephen and Diane Albert
TV Collector Magazine
Reproduced by permission
James Franciscus
James Franciscus

Regular Cast:

Lt. Dan Muldoon... John McIntire
Det. Jim Halloran... James Franciscus
Janet Halloran... Suzanne Storrs
Officer Frank Arcaro... Harry Bellaver
Lt. Mike Parker... Horace McMahon

All scripts written by Stirling Silliphant unless otherwise noted.

9/30/58    Meridian.  Shortly after being assigned to work together, Muldoon and Halloran are called to the lavish New York Coliseum, where two young thugs who’ve just shot a policeman during a robbery have taken two sporting-goods clerks as hostages.  Dir.: Jerry Hopper.  Guest cast:  Joey Walsh, Alison Marshall, Pat De Simone, William Zuckert, Al Hodge, Frank Downing, Miriam Acevedo, Barbara Banks

10/7/58    Nickel Ride.  Muldoon and Halloran board the Staten Island Ferry to persuade an old friend, the ferryboat captain, to retire.  A gang holds up an armored car carrying bank deposits, and the mob’s leader shoots a fireman in the engine room, where the two policemen are stopped at gunpoint.  Dir.: Douglas Heyes. Guest cast:  Cameron Prud’homme, Johnny Seven, Ralph Stantley, Harry Holcombe, Robert Burr, Peter Dawson, Ray Singer.

10/14/58    Line of Duty.  After killing his first man in the line of duty, Halloran is overcome with remorse, made worse when his victim’s mother hysterically calls him a murderer.  Dir.: Stuart Rosenberg. Guest cast:  Eugenie Leontovich, Diane Ladd, Paul Lipson, Alison Marshall, Andrew Cerado, Nora Ferris, William A. Forester.

10/21/58    Sidewalk Fisherman.  An elderly friend of Muldoon’s ekes out his living by retrieving coins dropped through subway gratings, and has saved enough to adopt an eight-year-old orphan, but he’s turned down because he has no permanent residence.  Story: Meyer Berger.  Teleplay: Stirling Silliphant.  Dir.: Douglas Heyes. Guest cast:  Jay Novello, Tarry Green, Ruth Altman, Gary Morgan.

10/28/58    Violent Circle.  After witnessing a man murdered by a gangster, a man is so shocked that he’s committed to a mental hospital.  When he’s murdered to ensure that he won't testify in the case, Halloran is admitted to the hospital as a patient in an effort to find the murderer.  Dir.:  Douglas Heyes. Guest cast:  Earl Rowe, House Jameson.

11/4/58    Stakeout.  When a detective friend of Muldoon’s is killed on duty, his partner reports that he was shot while running away.  Not believing his friend to be a coward, Muldoon gets the partner assigned to him during a stakeout designed to trap the killers, and finds out who the real coward was.  Dir.:  Stuart Rosenberg. Guest cast:  Michael Tolan, Donald Cohen.

11/11/58    No More Rumbles.  When a teenage gang member is killed during a street war, the detectives go to the dress factory where one of the gang members works, to persuade him to identify the killer.  The boy clams up, and is later selected by his gang to murder the young man in revenge.  Writer: Sam Ross.  Dir.:  William Beaudine. Guest cast:  David Winters, Frank Dana, Sandy Smith, Arny Freeman, David Challis, Julia McMillan, Harry Davis, Alison Marshall.

11/18/58    Belvedere Tower.  A robber attacks milkmen and dons their uniforms to gain entry to the homes of wealthy people away for the summer.  After killing a policeman who’s discovered him, he takes refuge in a weather station in Central Park, armed with a shotgun.  Writers: Robert Sylvester and John Mackenzie.  Dir.: William Beaudine. Guest cast:  Paul Spencer, Dean Almquist, Tom Ahearne, Bo Enivel, Dorothy Dollivar.

11/25/58    The Bird Guard.  After a man is murdered by gangsters, Halloran tries to protect the victim’s girlfriend, who’s the next target.  He and the girl end up surrounded by four mobsters in a lighthouse on a small island.  Dir.:  William Beaudine. Guest cast:  John McQuade, Johnny Seven, Jock MacGregor, Diana Van der Vlis, Lester Mack, Don Supinski, John Lawrence.

12/2/58    The Other Face of Goodness.  A college student on the brink of insanity, after reading accounts of a frantic search for the killer of several young pregnant women, confesses to the murders.  Released after police conclude his innocence, his mind cracks when he hears that the real killer has been found, and he tries to strangle a pregnant neighbor.  Dir.: Stuart Rosenberg. Guest cast:  Arnold Merritt, Loretta Leversee, Gerald Gordon, David J. Stewart, John Gibson, Frank Campanella.

12/9/58    Lady Bug, Lady Bug.  An extortionist forces a man to collect $250,000 from residents of fashionable Sutton Place, but the man decides to go to the police, though in doing so, he puts his son’s life on the line.  Dir.:  Stuart Rosenberg. Guest cast:  Leon B. Stevens, Peter Votrian, Daniel Ocko, Arthur Wenzel, Peter Falk.

12/16/58    Susquehanna 4-7568.  Police are skeptical of a woman’s story that she answered her phone and heard a lady being murdered.  A reporter prints her story and she’s contacted by a young man whom she begins to date.  When Muldoon learns some information that makes him believe the woman, he trails his lead to her suitor’s place of work, where he’s about to kill her after confessing to the murder she heard on the phone.  Dir.:  Stuart Rosenberg. Guest cast:  Sandy Robinson, William Clemens, Paul Valentine, Frank Campanella.

12/23/58    And a Merry Christmas to the Force on Patrol.  An officer is stabbed in a Christmas Eve liquor store stakeout with Muldoon, and Halloran is called in to hunt for one of the robbers, who escaped.  The other thief refuses to disclose their hideout until he hears that his partner, his younger brother, was wounded before escaping.  Dir.: Stuart Rosenberg. Guest cast:  Michael Strong, Rudy Bond, Robert Blossom, Frank Sutton, Richard Kranold, Mary Boyland, James Little.

12/30/58    The Explosive Heart.  Waking up in a hospital after almost being killed by her husband’s beating, a woman tells police that he’s planted a bomb on her father’s yacht.  Halloran finds the man and kills him in a gun battle, while Muldoon manages to find the bomb two minutes before it blows up.  Writer:  Jesse Lasky, Jr.  Dir.:  William Beaudine. Guest cast:  Barbara Lord, Cliff Carnell, Noel Leslie, Grant Gordon, Maggie O’Byrne.

1/6/59    The Manhole.  When an elderly sewer worker learns that his son is the leader of a street gang, he begs him vainly to reform, and then tells police about his association.  When the gang uses the sewers to escape after a jewel robbery, the old man follows them into the underground passages.  Dir.:  John Brahm. Guest cast:  Will Kuluva, George Maharis, John Karlen, Victor Werber, James Little, Dirk Kooiman, Don Gonzales, Richard Kronold.

1/13/59    Even Crows Sing Good.  A woman who’s been kept from marrying her boyfriend because they’re poor wins $1600 in the numbers game and tells her fiance she inherited the money.  But when she goes to collect it, she’s badly beaten by a racketeer, and her fiance goes after him with a gun.  Dir.:  John Brahm. Guest cast:  Diana Douglas, Lee Phillips, Bernard Fein, Robert Weil, Frieda Altman, James Little, Joanne Courtney, Allan Frank, Jean Martin.

1/20/59    Burst of Passion.  One of the most respectable people in Halloran’s neighborhood suddenly goes berserk and starts shooting shopkeepers and their customers.  Halloran remembers that the man has taken some children on a picnic to Coney Island and trails him there to beg him to surrender.  Dir.:  Stuart Rosenberg. Guest cast:  Woodrow Parfrey, Guy Spaul, Dorothy Peterson, Kirk Alyn, Matt Crowley, Richard Kronold, John C. Becher.

1/27/59    Goodbye My Lady Love.  Matty, a derelict who dreams of returning to his hometown on a white stallion, buys a horse after some $100 bills land in his lap.  The money had blown away from a hood who had just murdered a man, and Matty is arrested for the crime, as his Bowery friends search for the killer.  Dir.:  John Brahm. Guest cast:  James Barton, William Edmonson, Louis Guss, Guy Raymond, Pat Malone, William Baron, Ed Bruce, Ray Parker, Ed Dorsey, Ed Simon, Gilbert Mack.

2/3/59    The Shield.  When a patrolman is stabbed by a suspected murderer, his son, consumed with desire to be a policeman, unofficially takes over his father’s beat, against the pleas of Muldoon.  He ends up gallantly wrestling the killer to the ground and holding him for the police.  Dir.:  John Brahm.  Guest cast:  Jack Klugman, Gino Ardito, Vic Morrow, Marguerite Lenert, Sheldon Koretz, Walter Kinsella, Lester Mack, Vincent Van Lynn.

2/10/59    One to Get Lost.  A man is sought by police after his wife’s murder because his cigarette case was found in her apartment, but he believes the real murderer is an elevator operator whom he sets out with a gun to find.  Writer:  Sam Ross.  Dir.:  John Brahm.  Guest cast:  Norma Crane, Lawrence Tierney, Kent Smith, Jeanette Nolan, Charles Gaines, William Daprato, Richard Barrows, Florence Anglin, Teri Scott.

2/17/59    Hey, Teach!  When a teacher is found dead on the sidewalk below his third story classroom, Halloran poses as his replacement in the delinquent-ridden school, hoping to crack the case.  Dir.:  Stuart Rosenberg.  Guest cast:  Jose Alcarez, Jean Muir, Bernard Kates, Anthony Franke, Robert Morris.

2/24/59    Ticker Tape.  When police receive a phone call from a psychotic man annoucing he’s going to plant a bomb during a parade honoring an Olympic hero, Muldoon and Halloran are assigned to detect and stop him during the procession.  Dir.:  Stuart Rosenberg.  Guest cast:  Ernest Sarracino, Beverly Bentley, Paul Alberts, George Lambert, Adrienne Moore, Tana Manners.

3/3/59    Fire Island.  A bootlegger operating a still on Fire Island in the dead of winter against his partners’ wishes hires a killer to protect the operation.  When the killer mows down a Treasury agent, Muldoon and Halloran track down the killer and close in on the bootleggers.  Dir.:  Norman Tokar.  Guest cast:  Henry Hull, George Maharis, Michael Conrad, Guy Raymond, Will Hussung, Philip Huston.

3/10/59    Ten Cent Dreams.  A poor Puerto Rican couple finds $10 and bets it on the numbers, winning $6,000.  Upon depositing it at the bank, they find the cash is counterfeit, and the scared husband flees.  Writer:  Sam Ross.  Dir.:  John Brahm.  Guest cast:  Ross Martin, Kay Chaque, Richard X. Slattery, Al Lewis, Thelma Pelish.

3/17/59    The Bumper.  Muldoon and Arcaro are transporting a material witness to jail when a hitman known as “The Bumper”, because he uses a car as his weapon, forces the detective’s car into an oil truck.  In the flaming explosion Muldoon is burnt to death.  Heartbroken, Halloran makes an all-out effort to get the killer.  Dir.:  John Brahm.  Guest cast:  Matt Crowley, Clement D. Fowler, Doyle Brooks, Al Henderson, Michael Strong, Richard Kronold.

3/24/59    A Running of Bulls.  Halloran and Lt. Parker are assigned to guard a dictator’s young son during his New York visit, unaware that the boy’s own bodyguard has entered into a pact with two men to kill the boy at the same time as his father is being killed back home.  Dir.:  Stuart Rosenberg.  Guest cast:  Michael Ansara, Michel Ray, Felice Orlandi, Gloria Marlow, Norman Rose.

3/31/59    Fallen Star.  An alcoholic former All-American star who’s become a hustler for two card sharks is befriended by a boy who’s long worshiped him.  When a man is killed in a fight over a card game, all clues point to the former star.  Dir.:  Sam Ross.  Guest cast:  Robert Alda, Arnold Merritt, Rocky Graziano, Albert Morgenstern, Gur Sorel, Bruno Damon.

4/7/59    Beyond Truth.  Halloran investigates when a woman convinces him that her husband’s imprisonment for manslaughter by drunk driving was unjust.  He finds evidence that the man’s friend was actually driving, but the innocent man refuses to rehash the case.  Dir.:  John Brahm.  Guest cast:  Martin Balsam, Shawn Donahue, Phyllis Hill, Gerald Price, Sloan Simpson, Romo Vincent, Pat Tobin.

4/14/59    Baker’s Dozen.  Gangland’s most notorious killer guns down a mob boss who’s about to testify to the Senate, and in his escape takes Halloran prisoner.  Dir.:  George Sherman.  Guest cast:  Joseph Ruskin, Richard Jaeckel, Vincent Gardenia, Alex Dayna, Carlos Montalban, Al Ward, Herb Oscar Anderson, Ed Simon.

4/28/59    Four Sweet Corners.  Upon his Army discharge, a young man returns to his poverty-stricken neighborhood and finds his younger sister has been arrested for shoplifting, and the girl won’t reveal the identity of her gang.  Dir.:  Stuart Rosenberg.  Guest cast:  George Maharis, Bob Morris, Irene Dailey, Rochelle Oliver, Frank Sutton, Mary Perry, Martha Greenhouse, Patrick J. Kelly.

5/5/59    The Sandman.  A punch-drunk ex-prizefighter is convinced to help mobsters get rid of a dead body in the East River, and in doing so he kills a policeman who tries to stop him.  Writer:  Louis Salaman.  Dir.:  John Brahm.  Guest cast:  Mike Kellin, Will Kuluva, Fred Irving Lewis, Vincent Van Lyn, Gordon G. Peters.

5/12/59    Turn of Events.  When a private eye is found murdered, police find he was mixed up in all sorts of crimes, but his wife insists he was a good man.  Dir.:  John Brahm.  Guest cast:  Jan Miner, Melville Ruick, Eugenia Rawls, Kay Doubleday, Irene Cowan.

5/19/59    A Little Piece of the Action.  A gangster who went straight years ago to raise his daughter sees his last chance to make a haul to send her to college.  Dir.: Stuart Rosenberg.  Guest cast:  James Barton, Johnny Seven, Simon Oakland, Jan Norris, Ben Yaffee, Jonathan Gilmore.

5/26/59    The Bloodhounds.  To find a little girl who’s feared kidnapped, Arcaro uses two lost bloodhounds, knowing that Parker, who hates dogs, would disapprove.  Dir.:  Stuart Rosenberg.  Guest cast:  Phyllis Hill, Byron Sanders, Rudy Bond, Janice Manzo, Richard Kronold, James Little, Louis Nye.

6/2/59    The Scorpion Sting.  A theatrical agent’s ruthless drive for success led him away from every ideal he prized in his youth, and he is now receiving death threats from one of his many enemies.  Dir.:  John Brahm.  Guest cast:  Nehemiah Persoff, Diana Douglas, Tamara Daykarhanova, William Meigs, Marvin Kline.

6/9/59    Saw My Baby There.  A dealer in stolen goods, upset that his son-on-law wants to go straight, shoots the boy.  Unaware that he’s still alive and has run off, the elder man identifies a dead body as the boy, raising police suspicions when the body is later identified as someone else.  Writer:  L.I. Salaman.  Dir.: Stuart Rosenberg.  Guest cast:  Harold J. Stone, Mark Rydell, Rochelle Oliver, Arny Freeman, Robert Dryden, Angelo Pirozzi.

6/16/59    The Canvas Bullet.  An ex-boxer, needing money for his wife to enter his prize roses in a flower show, goes to his former manager, who gets an alcoholic ex-doctor to ensure that he can fight again safely.  Dir.:  Stuart Rosenberg.  Guest cast:  Harry Guardino, Diane Ladd, Clement Fowler, House Jameson, Vincent Gardenia, Rocky Graziano.

6/23/59    A Wood of Thorns.  With an innocent man about to die in less than a half-hour because of false testimony given by a gangster’s girlfriend, Halloran risks his job by going to her apartment and pleading with her to call the governor.  Dir.:  Stuart Rosenberg.  Guest cast:  Cara Williams.

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