Oscar-Nominated Writer Malvin Wald Dies Malvin Wald, a screenwriter who was nominated for an Academy Award for the 1948 movie The Naked City, died Thursday at the age of 90. He wrote dozens of scripts for motion pictures and TV shows, including Peter Gunn, Daktari and Perry Mason.
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Oscar-Nominated Writer Malvin Wald Dies

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Malvin Wald, a screenwriter who was nominated for an Academy Award for the 1948 movie The Naked City, died Thursday at the age of 90. He wrote dozens of scripts for motion pictures and TV shows, including Peter Gunn, Daktari and Perry Mason.

(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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