Oscar-Nominated Writer Malvin Wald Dies
(Soundbite of movie "The Naked City")
Mr. MARK HELLINGER (Actor): (As the narrator) This is the city as it is, hot summer pavements, the children at play, the buildings in their naked stone, the people without makeup.
MELISSA BLOCK, host:
So began the 1948 film noir classic, "The Naked City." The movie's Brooklyn-born co-writer, Malvin Wald, died last Thursday at the age of 90.
MICHELE NORRIS, host:
With "The Naked City" and its popular TV spin-off, Wald changed the crime-movie rules. Gone were the days of outsiders like Sam Spade, who fought bad guys in spite of the police. Here is Wald in a DVD commentary recorded for The Criterion Collection.
Mr. MALVIN WALD (Oscar-Nominated Writer): What "Naked City" did was for the first time say the police and its laboratories and its autopsy reports is the way you solve a crime.
BLOCK: In other words, Malvin Wald turned average cops into heroes and set the stage for modern police procedurals like "CSI," "Law & Order" and "NYPD Blue." He also helped coin one of the most famous and beloved lines in cinema history.
(Soundbite of the movie "The Naked City")
Mr. HELLINGER: (As the narrator) There are 8 million stories in the Naked City. This has been one of them.
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