Night Editor (The Trespasser) (1946) - Rotten Tomatoes

Night Editor (The Trespasser) (1946)





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Inspired by the radio program of the same name, Night Editor features Charles D. Brown as the editor of the New York Star. In flashback, the editor tells the tale of police lieutenant William Gargan, who forsakes his happy home life for the love of no-good society dame Janis Carter. Both Gargan and Carter begin cheating on their respective spouses, and while on a romantic rendezvous the couple witnesses a murder. They can't report the crime without revealing their own infidelities, a dilemma which leads to blackmail, double-crossing and a second murder attempt. A twist ending caps this snappy little 65-minute morality play. The script of Night Editor was based on the story "Inside Story" by Scott Littleton, previously dramatized on the Night Editor radio series.
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William Gargan
as Tony Cochrane
Janis Carter
as Jill Merrill
Jeff Donnell
as Martha Cochrane
Frank Wilcox
as Douglas Loring
Charles D. Brown
as Crane Stewart
Paul E. Burns
as Ole Strom
Harry Shannon
as Capt. Lawrence
Robert Kellard
as Doc Cochrane
Roy Gordon
as Benjamin Merrill
Michael Chapin
as Doc as a boy
Edward Keane
as Chief of Police Burnes
Jack Davis
as District Attorney Halloran
Lou Lubin
as Necktie
John Tyrrell
as Street Sweeper Driver
Murray Leonard
as Proprietor
Douglas Wood
as Bank Manager
Ronnie Ralph
as Small Boy
William Kahn
as Newsboy
Joe Palma
as Newsboy
Emmett Vogan
as Coroner
Donald Kerr
as Reporter
Betty Hill
as Elaine
Frank Dae
as Butler
Harry Tyler
as Bartender
Jack Frack
as Reporter
Wally Rose
as Photographer
Eddy Chandler
as Dickstein
Vernon Dent
as Fat Man
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Critic Reviews for Night Editor (The Trespasser)

All Critics (2)

It may be short on style but the low budget gives the night scenes a dark austerity and the web of lies and corruption gives it a real noir dimension of cheap, tawdry lives

Full Review… | February 7, 2010

Inspired by the radio program of the same name.

Full Review… | April 18, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Night Editor (The Trespasser)


if my mom was around to see this she'd say, cheaters never prosper' and here is an example of it in this noir from the end of the first cycle.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

I may've been in the wrong mood for this one, as it felt as if it took it forever to really get interesting, but the back half of the movie grabbed my interest a bit more, so I'm giving it a middling rating. Stick with it, it's worth it.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

sleazy and low down like every noir should be. janis carter is ridiculously good here

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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