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Release Date:
29 March 1946 (USA) See more »
In the middle of a kiss...Murder!
"Night Editor" was based on the already existing radio program in which a newspaper editor would recount... See more » | Add synopsis »
dvd review: Bad Girls of Film Noir
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  (in credits order)
William Gargan ... Police Lt. Tony Cochrane
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

Frank Wilcox ... Douglas Loring
Robert Kellard ... Doc Cochrane (as Robert Stevens)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johnny Calkins ... Boy (uncredited)

Anthony Caruso ... Tusco (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Dickstein (uncredited)

Michael Chapin ... Doc Cochrane as a Boy (uncredited)
Frank Dae ... Butler (uncredited)
Jack Davis ... District Attorney Bill Halloran (uncredited)
Vernon Dent ... Fat Man in Library (uncredited)
Jack Frack ... Reporter (uncredited)
Roy Gordon ... Benjamin Merrill (uncredited)
Betty Hill ... Elaine Blanchard (uncredited)
William Kahn ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Police Chief Burns (uncredited)
Robert Emmett Keane ... Max (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Reporter (uncredited)
Murray Leonard ... Proprietor (uncredited)
Jimmy Lloyd ... Clerk (uncredited)
Lou Lubin ... Necktie (uncredited)
Cy Malis ... Man (uncredited)
Herman Marks ... Man (uncredited)
Charles Marsh ... Swanson (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Man (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Detective Andy (uncredited)
Joe Palma ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Ronnie Ralph ... Small Boy (uncredited)
Wally Rose ... Photographer (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Mr. Graham - Bank Executive (uncredited)
Harry Tyler ... Bartender (uncredited)
John Tyrrell ... Street Sweeper Driver (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... J.M. Moppes--Coroner (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Phillips (uncredited)
Douglas Wood ... Bank Manager (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Levin 
Writing credits
Scott Littleton (story "Inside Story")

Harold Jacob Smith (screenplay) (as Hal Smith)

Hal Burdick  radio program

Produced by
Ted Richmond .... producer
Original Music by
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Burnett Guffey 
Philip Tannura 
Film Editing by
Richard Fantl 
Art Direction by
Robert Peterson 
Set Decoration by
James Crowe 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ivan Volkman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Lambert E. Day .... sound (as Lambert Day)
Russell Malmgren .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gert Andersen .... second camera (uncredited)
Ned Scott .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Ben Oakland .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ernst Toch .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Edwin Wetzel .... music mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Vera Mikol .... research director (uncredited)

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USA:68 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Anachronisms: 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 »
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 was a fever!
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Noir in B, 22 April 2010
Author: robert-temple-1 from United Kingdom

This is a superb film noir B picture. It stars William Gargan as a cop, and the sizzling dish Janis Carter as the femme fatale. And what a femme and how fatale! She is really something. What a pity she did not achieve the status in films which she clearly deserved. Here she plays a hyper-glamorous psychotic man-eater. Poor, bumbling homicide detective Gargan is no match for her. He succumbs, and succumbs, and succumbs. Well, one evening things get complicated. One has to remember that he is happily married to sweetie Martha, played with big loving eyes and a warm smile by 'Jeff' Donnell (she was born Jean Marie but was always called by the nickname of Jeff; see her also as Sylvia Nicolai in IN A LONELY PLACE, 1950), and adores his son. But there he is sitting in a car in a lover's retreat off the road, with Miss Glamour-puss, doing his usual succumbing, when another car pulls up and does not see them. The man proceeds to bash in the skull of the girl and then runs off, but not before they see his face very clearly in the headlights. It later transpires that Janis knows the man very well, but she says nothing at the time. Gargan starts to give chase but then realizes that he dare not do so because his involvement with Janis will come to light and his wife might leave him. So he endures an enforced silence and is then a member of the homicide team which investigates that very crime. A wrong man is accused and is about to 'get the chair'. Tension mounts. Should he do the right thing and stop the execution, at the risk of his career and his marriage? He wants to, but Janis is going crazier and crazier. She is so nuts that she makes statements like: 'I don't know why I do these things' as she tries to stab a man to death. Just the kind of girlfriend one wants! She is a rich socialite and highly sophisticated, thus intimidating the humble Gargan further. As he bitterly says to her at one point: 'You and I both add up to zero.' Every time he tries to leave her, she kisses him, which all goes to show just how dangerous kissing can be. After they have seen the murder, Janis gets a wild look in her eye and, in the midst of a seizure of psychotic excitement, says she wants to go and look at the girl's bashed-in skull and all the brains spattered all over the car because it excites her, and Gargan restrains her only with great difficulty. Janis really is very convincing in all of these scenes, and it is all pretty hair-raising. And so the story progresses. I must not reveal the ending. The next year, Janis went on to scare people further in FRAMED (1947).

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