The Naked Street

The Naked Street

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Maxwell Shane
Produced by Edward Small
Screenplay by
Story by Leo Katcher
Music by
Cinematography Floyd Crosby
Edited by Grant Whytock
Edward Small Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • September 30, 1955 (1955-09-30) (New York City)
Running time
84 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Naked Street is a 1955 American crime film noir directed by Maxwell Shane. The drama features Farley Granger, Anthony Quinn and Anne Bancroft.


Phil Regal, a tough racketeer, pulls strings to get his sister Rosalie's punk boyfriend, Nicky, out of a death penalty for a murder he did in fact commit, so that they can get married. Later, when he learns that Nicky is cheating on Rosalie, he arranges for Nicky to be framed for a murder he didn't commit.

Farley Granger later said that he thought the movie was "preachy, trite and pedestrian," although he welcomed the opportunity to work with Anthony Quinn and Anne Bancroft.[1]



When the film was released, The New York Times film critic, Bosley Crowther, panned the film, writing, "The whole spectacle is dismal and uninspiring. The only cheerful thing that occurs is that the sister and wife, played by Anne Bancroft, falls in love with and marries a newspaper man."[2] TV Guide rated it 3/5 stars and called it a "solid, fast-paced crime tale".[3]

See also


  1. Granger, Farley, Include Me Out. New York: St. Martin's Press 2007. ISBN 0-312-35773-7, p. 177-178
  2. Crowther, Bosley, The New York Times, film review, October 1, 1955. Last accessed: February 28, 2011.
  3. "The Naked Street". TV Guide. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
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