Naked City (1958–1963)
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One, Two, Three, Rita Rakahowski 

The tension between a stock worker and his boss in a cardboard packaging plant, over a co-worker they both are in love with, escalates into a major fight. The police are called, but then ... See full summary »


Arnold Manoff (as Joel Carpenter)


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Episode cast overview:
Paul Burke ... Det. Adam Flint
Horace McMahon ... Lt. Mike Parker
Harry Bellaver ... Det. Frank Arcaro
Nancy Malone ... Libby Kingston
Nehemiah Persoff ... Merritt Griffin
Anthony Franciosa ... Gorilla
Carol Eve Rossen ... Rita Rakahowski (as Carol Rossen)
Alice Ghostley ... Clara
Lou Criscuolo Lou Criscuolo ... Tomaso (as Louis Criscuolo)
Marilyn Lovell Marilyn Lovell ... Darling Dorothy (as Marilynn Lovell)
Richard Ward ... Nova Scotia
Jerry Jarrett Jerry Jarrett ... Shipping Clerk
Howard Mann Howard Mann ... Officer Dorkin
Gilbert Mack ... Pop


The tension between a stock worker and his boss in a cardboard packaging plant, over a co-worker they both are in love with, escalates into a major fight. The police are called, but then the boss refuses to press charges against the employee. But the situation only gets worse. Written by rbecker28

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Crime | Drama | Thriller





Release Date:

15 May 1963 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The shadow of the boom mic is visible about 11 minutes into the program. See more »

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The Lady and the Gorilla
5 August 2013 | by sol-kaySee all my reviews

****SPOILERS**** Actor Anthony Franciosa goes completely ape sh*t in this stranger then strange "Naked City" episode as BoBo Ba Boom also known as the Gorilla who takes a monkey shine for pretty office clerk Rita Rakahowski, Carol Eve Rossen, at his place of employment on the Brooklyn waterfront. It's the new boss at the packing wear-house Mr. Buberone, Nehemiah Persoff, who's also taken a shine to Rita which drives poor BoBo or Gorilla totally wild with jungle or monkey passion. Passion enough to make Buberone's job at the wear-house as miserable as possible. Swinging from the rafters like they were jungle vines BoBo gets so out of control that Buberone fires him and orders the hot in the pants, for Rita, gorilla man to leave the premises at once. This leads to a job action by BoBo or the Gorilla's fellow workers who feel that without him and his expertise in throwing things all over the place and in the right places the work there would never be done.

It's really Rita that the hot monkey blooded BoBo has his eyes on who in fact is strangely turned on by his wild animal-like magnetism just like Stella was by that brute and hunk of a man Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire". But it's the BoBo the Gorilla's love sick boss, a survivor of some half a dozen marriages and failed affairs, Buberone who's out to get her to marry him and take Rita back with him to his Florida condo that has a state of the art stereo system, for the two to hear beautiful music together, and away from the rat race in NYC. With the an enraged BoBo not giving an inch and refusing to leave the wear-house that he made himself at home together with his pet rat Izzy. It's now up to the NYPD to put an ends to all this monkey business before it gets out of hand and somebody really gets hurt.

***SPOILERS*** It's later that Buberone flips out and himself goes ape and after BoBo in his hiding place in the were-house where he has Rita, who's now gone completely crazy about him, more then willing to stay with and the stack of bananas that he brought her for a wedding present. With a now love crazed and out of control Buberone out to gun BoBo down and the police unable to stop him he storms his hiding place and with BoBo throwing stacks of folded cardboard boxes on him in a wild shootout guns the wild and crazy Gorilla Man down. That's not after also mistakenly gunning down the love of his life Rita Rakahowski as well in all the confusion. This crazy and unforgettable Naked City episode ends with a dying Rita in Buberone arms as a what looks like a fatally wounded BoBo Ba Boom aka the Gorilla walking down to the base of the Manhattan Bridge together with his pet Izzy the Rat and collapses there.

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