This is the movie that, if it didn't invent the cliches of a procedural, certainly combined them all in one place for the first time. Without it, there's no CSI, no LAW & ORDER, no POLICE SQUAD!, no DRAGNET. But this movie also does a great job of showing what made those things become cliches.
From the striking choice of relying on onscreen narration in place of credits, to the use of real New York locations, to a story that focuses just as much on the nature of New York and the people who live in it AS MUCH AS an actual investigation, NAKED CITY still contains a jolt.
I haven't seen much Dassin, but now I really need to see more of his work. Plus, now I need to catch up on that "Best Of" the tv show boxed set.