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Night Editor (1946)

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"Night Editor" was based on the already existing radio program in which a newspaper editor would recount the 'inside story' of some bit newspaper story, and later became a television series... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
William Gargan ...
Janis Carter ...
Jill Merrill
Jeff Donnell ...
Martha Cochrane
Coulter Irwin ...
Johnny
Charles D. Brown ...
Crane Stewart
Paul E. Burns ...
Police Lt. Ole Strom
Harry Shannon ...
Police Capt. Lawrence
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Douglas Loring
Robert Kellard ...
Doc Cochrane (as Robert Stevens)
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"Night Editor" was based on the already existing radio program in which a newspaper editor would recount the 'inside story' of some bit newspaper story, and later became a television series: This time, a night editor of a newspaper is telling a story to a young reporter, who is neglecting his job and wife and beginning to drink too much. The story begins as a police detective, although devoted to his wife and young son, has entered into an affair with a society girl, also married, and while they are parked out in the boonies on a lonely road, they witness a murder. The detective, because of the circumstances of being where he is for the reason he is there, does not attempt to catch the killer and does not report the crime. He is later assigned the case and soon realizes that an innocent man is about to take the blame, and the only way he can clear him is to arrest the killer and become a witness against him. The story-teller also has a vested interest in the old case. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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In the middle of a kiss...Murder!

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Crime | Film-Noir | Drama

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29 March 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Il veleno del peccato  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Though majority of movie is a prolonged flashback set in the early Thirties, absolutely nothing (with exception of vintage cars) - hairstyles, wardrobe, music, decor - would have seemed out of place in a contemporary story set in mid-Forties. See more »

Quotes

Jill Merrill: I don't need you, I can buy and sell you.I don't know why I bother seeing you.
Tony Cochrane: You don't know why? I'll tell you. You're rotten through and through.Like something they serve at the Ritz,only its been laying out in the sun too long.
Jill Merrill: That's right, Tony, you're not my kind. The clean cut type.Little tootsie-wootsie loves her great big stupid peasant.
Tony Cochrane: Yeah, for all your dough, like a ton of bricks!
Jill Merrill: How picturesque. And you were totally unresponsive?
Tony Cochrane: You're like a sickness. I was sick!
Jill Merrill: No, Tony it ...
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When the Beauty is the Beast
22 July 2011 | by (The El Monte Legion Stadium) – See all my reviews

Columbia Pictures, the home of the Three Stooges shorts,"Batman" serials,"Crime Doctor", "Boston Blackie" and many other programmers, was also the place where many B movies were hatched including this very low budget crime yarn based on the radio program "Night Editor" by Hal Burdick and the short story "Inside Story" by Scott Littleton.

This film version, very tightly directed by Henry Levin, and starring the then aging and rumpled William Gargan, is a definite Noir artifact of the late 1940's.

There's little pity in this compact story of sex and brutality. Unusual for a film of this time period, the femme fatale is depicted as a woman who feeds on cruelty and takes gleeful joy in looking at the battered corpse of one of her previous friends. Murder and perversion seem to function as the only things she truly loves. They are what she demands others give her so she may feed the bottomless emptiness within.

Originally fashioned as a pilot episode for a new continuing series like its radio show progenitor, the film was a failure upon release, but succeeds as a stand alone example of the close ties between sex and sadism in the continuing Noir cycle.


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