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Night Editor (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Drama | 29 March 1946 (USA)
"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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Martha Cochrane
Coulter Irwin ...
Johnny
Charles D. Brown ...
Crane Stewart
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Police Lt. Ole Strom
Harry Shannon ...
Police Capt. Lawrence
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Douglas Loring
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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 »

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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 rich 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...
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First rate film noir
1 June 2004 | by (Glendale, CA) – See all my reviews

NIGHT EDITOR is as good as any other noir produced in the forties: it's got a solid, intelligent story; a great flawed lead character; a nasty femme fatale; beautifully fluid camera-work; and that all around, despairing, hard-boiled feel. But because it's only got B-level stars and a no-name director, it's not thought of highly. Too bad: it has all the ingredients needed for a great film. William Gargan is a cop who's having a fling with the aforementioned Femme Fatale Janis Carter -- hardly anyone is more ice-like and more cold-hearted than she -- neglecting his loving wife and son. While on a rendezvous with her, they witness a murder -- but can't come forward without wrecking his life and career. He's torn... but she just wants to have fun. The framing device of the "Night Editor" (a bunch of newspapermen at night recounting various stories) doesn't work. But otherwise, this is dark, good, fun noir. Gargan and Carter really give it their all. Loved it.


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