September 16th, 2020

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Movie Critique - Night Editor

Stars: 5 / 5

Recommendation: A well made film noir with all the necessary elements, with a surprising ending, although leaves you chilled to bone at the callous nature of human mind.

Night Editor is the 1946 B-film film noir based on the radio show of the same name, in particular to the episode titled "Inside Job". Directed by Henry Levin, the film has William Gargan, Janis Carter and Jean Marie "Jeff" Donnell in the lead cast. Screenplay provided by Hal Smith and Scott Littleton; and produced by Ted Richmond. The plot is told in flashback mode.

At a poker game, editor of New Yok Star, Crane Stewart (portrayed by Charles D. Brown), reminisces about an investigation done by police lieutenant Tony Cochrane (portrayed by William Gargan). Tony and his girlfriend, Jill Merrill (portrayed by Janis Carter) witness a murder one night, but cannot report since they are in an illicit affair. What goes on in the rest of the film is the dilemma they face, the consequences as a result of that and the investigatory procedure Tony follows.

The radio show primarily concentrated on reporters working on the graveyard shift and sharing stories they have covered in the past. Practically every episode was told in a flashback mode. Originally planned to be a series of films based on the show, only one film was made instead.

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