Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Cinema Cycle - Naked City: A Death of Princes



CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)


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DATE VIEWED: 11/11/2015


TITLE: Naked City


FORMAT: DVD


TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 52 minutes


DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 11 miles


TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 3368 miles


SYNOPSIS: Naked City: A Death of Princes (From Wikipedia)
Guest stars: Eli Wallach as Detective Bane, John Baragrey as Teddy Cochrane, George Maharis as Tony Bacallas, Jan Miner as Lia Wallace, Richard Ward as Shoeshine Man, Anne Helm as Diane, Godfrey Cambridge as George, Patricia Bosworth as Laura, Clifton James as Jacoby, Tom Ahearne as Monty,Leonardo Cimino as Johnny, Susan Melvin as Nancy Bacallas, Carla Hoffman as Sarah, Peter Falk as Gimpy, Jimmy Little as Desk Sergeant, Robert Weil as Blinky.
A corrupt police detective blackmails people who have committed crimes to help him pull off a big heist.


CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER:   The 50s and 60s were rough and gritty, but we tend to remember Gilligan's Island and Father Knows Best because they are more easily syndicated.  


PROS AND CONS: I had never seen this series before.  But thanks to a 40 episode Box Set thrift store find, I now get to screen it at my leisure.


This is actually the first episode of the second season of the series.  This is a "Best of" box set and not the entire show across all three seasons. What you get is a gritty crime drama set in the dark inner city during the early 1960s.  It was not a pretty time.


There is a lot of violence in this episode, more so than I would have expected.  Considering the button down mentality of the era, this show appears to show that there were a lot of sociopathic people back in the day that were just pure evil.  Not something that you would expect from the era and a pleasant surprise while watching.  This ain’t fluffy television.



To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  


This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.