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Naked City: Idylls of a Running Back

It's shades of Eddie Waitkus on the gridiron when a star NFL running back is shot by a disturbed young woman who claims they've been having an affair.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x2
Airdate: Wednesday September 26th, 1962

Director: John Peyser
Writer: Ernest Kinoy


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Guest Stars
Joe Silver
As Asst. D.A. Ketton
Recurring
Sandy Dennis
As Eleanor Hubber
Recurring
William Daniels
As Harry Culverin
Recurring
Aldo Ray
As Elvin Rhodes
Bob Romann
As Tony Cavalejo
Coley Wallace
As Pixie Gates
Nancy Wickwire
As Norma Rhodes
Philip Sterling
As Officer Schulberg
Main Cast
Horace McMahon
As Lt. Mike Parker
Paul Burke (1)
As Det. Adam Flint
Harry Bellaver
As Patrolman/Sgt. Frank Arcaro
Nancy Malone
As Libby Kingston
Lawrence Dobkin
voiced Narrator
Episode Notes
Don't know if the script writer did it intentionally but Flint does a really horrible job of detective work for most of this episode.

Sandy Dennis would return in Carrier.



Episode Quotes
Narrator: It has been said by scholars that a civilization is measured by its public spectacles.

Eleanor: (to Flint about Rhodes) I had to shoot him, you see, because I love him.

Flint: She said she shot you because she loved you.
Rhodes: She what? I never saw that girl in my life!

Parker: The trouble with you, Adam, is you always have an opinion. An opinion is for a jury not a detective second grade.

Arcaro: I get more phone calls than a bookie.

Libby: It's almost classic. Like Hester in The Scarlet Letter.
Flint: Only Hester didn't shoot the Reverend Dimmesdale with a revolver.

Rhodes: You don't believe me! You don't believe me either, do you?
Norma: How can I?



Episode Goofs
In the football sequence, Elvin Rhodes is seen playing defense but by 1962 (the year the episode was filmed) the one platoon system was obsolete in professional football.

Nitpick: Elvin Rhodes wears number 99 on his football jersey. This is a very high number for an NFL RB. Most RB's wear jersey numbers in the 20's, 30's, and 40's.

The QB for Elvin Rhodes' team wears number 60 in the stock footage but wears number 16 in the live footage.



Cultural References
The storyline for this episode is based on an incident that occurred in the late 1940's when baseball player Eddie Waitkus was shot in a Chicago hotel room by a deranged female fan. This incident also became the basis for Bernard Malamud's classic novel The Natural.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorStirling Silliphant
Executive ProducerHerbert B. Leonard
Supervising ProducerLeo Davis
ProducerCharles Russell (1)
Associate ProducerStanley Neufeld
EditorHugh Chaloupka
CastingMarion Dougherty
MusicNelson Riddle
Make-upMike Maggi
Set DecoratorAl Griswold
Production SupervisorHal Schaffel
Creative ConsultantStirling Silliphant
Production ManagementSam Manners
CinematographerJack Priestley
 
Warning: Naked City season 4 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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