The Naked Street

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

The Naked Street
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMaxwell Shane
Produced byEdward Small
Screenplay by
Story byLeo Katcher
Music by
CinematographyFloyd Crosby
Edited byGrant Whytock
Edward Small Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • September 30, 1955 (1955-09-30) (New York City)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States


Phil Regal, a tough racketeer, pulls strings to get his pregnant sister Rosalie's punk boyfriend, Nicky, out of a death penalty sentence, so that they can get married. Later, after Rosalie loses the baby and Phil learns that Nicky is cheating on her, the gangster arranges for Nicky to be framed for a murder.

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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