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Naked City: Barefoot on a Bed of Coals

A barber who was rejected for admission into the NYPD Police Academy rents a policeman's uniform from a theatrical wardrobe department and begins impersonating a police officer. All goes well until he has a confrontation with an armed robber who bears a strong resemblance to Dustin Hoffman.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x34
Airdate: Wednesday May 29th, 1963

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Guest Stars
Dustin HoffmanDustin Hoffman
As Finney
Elizabeth Allen (1)Elizabeth Allen (1)
As Ola Martin
Henry LascoeHenry Lascoe
As Quale
John C. BecherJohn C. Becher
As Reporter
Mickey Freeman (1)Mickey Freeman (1)
As Costumer
Mitchell RyanMitchell Ryan
As Paul Tamarind
Steven Hill (1)Steven Hill (1)
As Stanley Walenty
Zohra LampertZohra Lampert
As Clara Espuella

Mel StuartMel Stuart
As Man on Street
Ramon BieriRamon Bieri
As Patrolman
Main Cast
Horace McMahonHorace McMahon
As Lt. Mike Parker
Paul Burke (1)Paul Burke (1)
As Det. Adam Flint
Harry BellaverHarry Bellaver
As Patrolman/Sgt. Frank Arcaro
Nancy MaloneNancy Malone
As Libby Kingston
Lawrence DobkinLawrence Dobkin
voiced Narrator
Episode Notes
Steven Hill would go onto appear in Mission: Impossible and Law and Order.

Future movie superstar Dustin Hoffman makes one of his earliest acting appearances in this episode as an inept would-be robber.

Episode Quotes
Parker: (to Finney) Son, if you're gonna make a hold-up, you can't always expect to stage manage the way it's gonna work out.

Finney: My lawyer tells me I have grounds for a civil suit.
Parker: Good luck, pal.

Parker: I'd rather be embarassed by a phony cop than a bad one.

Walenty: If I was a plumber or a salesman or a barber, would you have called me today?
Ola: If you're not a good enough friend to come down and do a little favor for a girl, who needs you?

Parker: (about the phony cop) This man is running barefoot on a bed of coals and there's no way of telling where he's gonna jump next.

Walenty: (to Ola) My father once said the saddest thing in the world is to see a donkey trying to be a racehorse.

Walenty: (after being wounded) Patrolman Walenty reporting.
Parker: How do you do?

Other Episode Crew

CreatorStirling Silliphant
Executive ProducerHerbert B. Leonard
Supervising ProducerLeo Davis
ProducerCharles Russell (1)
Associate ProducerStanley Neufeld
EditorHugh Chaloupka
CastingMarion Dougherty
Second Assistant DirectorStanley Neufeld
MusicNelson Riddle
Make-upMike Maggi
Post Production SupervisorLawrence Werner
Production SupervisorHal Schaffel
Art DirectorRobert Gundlach
Creative ConsultantStirling Silliphant
Production ManagementSam Manners
Warning: Naked City season 4 episode 34 guide may contain spoilers
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