Though William H. Daniels rightly won an Oscar for his dazzling
cinematography, the rest of this Manhattan-set neo-noir (one of the
earliest Hollywood films to experiment with on-location shooting)
doesn't hold up. The voice-over narration is particularly grating, and
Fitzgerald and Taylor are, respectively, too hammy and too wooden as
cops investigating a model's murder.
EXTRAS Screenwriter/commentator Malvin Wald analyzes City 's influence on shows like Law & Order and Miami Vice (''The Naked City in pastel shades!''). B-