Television: On the Streets

A 1958 Ford sedan turned into Harlem's Lenox Avenue and hurtled north, a blazing tommy gun poking out of its window. At 118th Street, the gun jammed.

The car stopped and two detectives ran toward it with revolvers drawn—scared but very brave. A man, even more scared, leaned out the car window and shouted, "Don't shoot! Don't shoot! We're making a TV show." Unlike the startled victims in the usual cliche, the detectives had not exactly stumbled onto the set. ABC's Naked City is one of the rarities of television, a series that is shot almost completely on location.

Its set...

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