THE NAKED CITY (1948) B/W 96m dir: Jules Dassin
w/Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Dorothy Hart, Don Taylor, Ted de Corsia, House Jameson, Anne Sargent, Adelaide Klein, Grover Burgess, Tom Pedi
From The Movie Guide: "This superlative film set the pattern for myriad documentary-type dramas to come. Its producer, [Mark] Hellinger, patterned the tale after the tabloid newspaper stories he wrote in his youth, and he narrates the picture with the same kind of terse but poignant vitality that was the hallmark of his sensational prose. Though basically a crime story -- with, oddly, only character actor Fitzgerald as its star --- the film is also a romance with the city itself, one where Hellinger embraces soiled urchins and immaculate society ladies with equal passion. ...
"Shot completely on location in New York City, THE NAKED CITY chronicles the grim urban landscape and depicts its everyday life and citizens, embracing swank Fifth Avenue, Broadway, kids playing hop-skip-and-jump in the streets, straphangers en route to work and back on the crowded subways. More than 100 locations were employed, with the brilliant cameraman [William] Daniels shooting most of his scenes from inside a van parked along the streets, using a one-way mirror and tinted windows so that passers-by were oblivious to the camera's presence. In the late 1950s and early 60s, a long-running ABC TV series used this film's title to show the 'slice-of-life' style of drama the original film typified, and also employed Hellinger's postscript in this, his last feature production, a line which became a household phrase: 'There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them.'"
THE NAKED CITY won Oscars for Best Cinematography and Best Editing (Paul Weatherwax). It was also nominated for Best Story (Marvin Wald). Wald wrote the screenplay with Albert Maltz, one of those persecuted by HUAC during the Communist witch hunts in Hollywood.