Events & Appearances

Oct
15
Sun
Noir Television: Naked City – Billy Wilder Theater – October 15, 2023 @ Billy Wilder Theater, UCLA
Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Admission is free. No advance reservations. Your seat will be assigned to you when you pick up your ticket at the box office. Seats are assigned on a first come, first served basis. The box office opens one hour before the event. The Billy Wilder Theater is located inside the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024.Black and white still of three men in suits wearing fedora hats on street.

Two of the best episodes from the television series will be shown, with commentary and Q & A in between by Alan K. Rode and actor-writer Michael McGreevey.

Naked City: “The King of Venus Will Take Care of You”

5/30/1962

Veteran character actor Jack Warden (Twelve Angry Men) guest stars as a fugitive who takes refuge in a tenement rooftop hideaway belonging to a troubled child (Mike McGreevey). As police close in, the misfit pair confront each other and their individual life circumstances, which are untenable. The episode features a Nelson Riddle score, NYC location photography, and a tense, humanistic teleplay penned by blacklisted writer Arnold Manoff, credited here under his pseudonym “Joel Carpenter.”

DCP, b&w, 51 min. ABC. Production: Shelle Productions; Screen Gems Television. Executive Producer: Herbert B. Leonard. Director: David Lowell Rich. Writer: Arnold Manoff. With: Paul Burke, Horace McMahon, Harry Bellaver, Jack Warden, Michael McGreevey. Use of Naked City courtesy of AMC Networks.

Naked City: “A Horse Has a Big Head — Let Him Worry!”

11/21/1962

Actress diahann carroll in street scene of 1962 television show naked city.In groundbreaking casting, future superstar Diahann Carroll (Julia) guests as an earnest special education teacher searching for a sight-impaired student (John Megna) who, in defiant independence, wanders away on a field trip. The humanist episode, featuring extensive location photography of New York City streets, was directed by Academy Award winner Denis Sanders (Time Out of War) and penned by blacklisted writer Abram S. Ginnes.

DCP, b&w, 51 min. ABC. Production: Shelle Productions; Screen Gems Television. Executive Producer: Herbert B. Leonard. Director: Denis Sanders. Writer: Abram S. Ginnes. With: Paul Burke, Horace McMahon, Harry Bellaver, Diahann Carroll, John Megna, Nancy Malone. Use of Naked City courtesy of AMC Networks.

Plus:

Television Academy Foundation: Diahann Carroll — excerpt

1998

Beloved icon Diahann Carroll (Dynasty) discusses her Emmy-nominated performance on Naked City.

DCP, color, 8 min. Courtesy of the Television Academy Foundation Interviews. Special thanks to Jenni Matz.