Countdown to 5K! – #47 – The Naked City (1948)

This is my 4972nd Review

Original Rating prediction – 7/10


“I don’t know anything about medicine, doctor, but that’s one prescription that never cured anything.’ – Muldoon

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Feb 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Detectives investigating a suicide suspect that it’s really a murder and do all they can to try and find the culprits.

My Take on it – This is yet another film on this list that I had never heard of before coming across it in my search for a film for this series.

They do an excellent job creating an intriguing noir mystery that is mostly shown from the perspective of the various detectives trying to solve the case.

Since this film was made during a time when they didn’t have any of the hi-tech technology and modern facilities like police have now, they do a great job showing how detectives at that time did their work the “old fashioned” way.

These methods don’t at all deter these men from doing their job and trying their best to discover who has perpetrated this crime and what they need to do in order to track him down and capture him.

This film utilizes the camera really well and the cinematography is superbly done here.

It’s quite beautiful looking at the way that they expertly use the actual locations in New York City to help give this story such a realistic and very significant feeling throughout.

This also helps the viewer get the feeling as if they are right there with the characters as everything is happening and following the detectives quite closely in their manhunt.

The cast is great and is lead by Barry Fitzgerald who is superb as the lead detective on the case that will stop at nothing to solve this heinous crime.

The rest of the cast works great with him and they all compliment one another as they move forward through a journey for justice.

Bottom Line – Great noir mystery that is mostly seen from the eyes of the various detectives dealing with the crime. The lack of technology and modern facilities doesn’t deter these men from doing their best to track down and discover the culprits. The cinematography is quite beautiful to look at and they expertly use the medium of location shooting in this film to make the viewer feel as if they are right there with the detectives. Great cast led by Fitzgerald works quite well together as they help compliment one another on their journey to justice. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film made history for its use of over 100 exterior locations. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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One thought on “Countdown to 5K! – #47 – The Naked City (1948)

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