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Writers:
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Release Date:
29 March 1946 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
In the middle of a kiss...Murder!
Plot:
"Night Editor" was based on the already existing radio program in which a newspaper editor would recount... See more » | Add synopsis »
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dvd review: Bad Girls of Film Noir
 (From Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy. 23 February 2010, 11:35 AM, PST)

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Cast

  (in credits order)
William Gargan ... Tony Cochrane
Janis Carter ... Jill Merrill
Jeff Donnell ... Martha Cochrane
Coulter Irwin ... Johnny
Charles D. Brown ... Crane Stewart
Paul E. Burns ... Ole Strom
Harry Shannon ... 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 ... Dist. Atty. Halloran (uncredited)
Vernon Dent ... Heavyset Man (uncredited)
Jack Frack ... Reporter (uncredited)
Roy Gordon ... Benjamin Merrill (uncredited)
Betty Hill ... Elaine (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 ... Driver of Street Sweeper (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Coroner (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Phillips (uncredited)
Douglas Wood ... Bank Manager (uncredited)
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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
 
Sound Department
Lambert E. Day .... sound (as Lambert Day)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ned Scott .... still photographer
 
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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Runtime:
USA:68 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Goofs:
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 »
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 was a fever!
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
When the Beauty is the Beast, 22 July 2011
Author: The_Dying_Flutchman from The El Monte Legion Stadium

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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