In the last week I have seen Cry of the Hunted, Ace in the Hole, Alias Nick Beale, and Night Editor. The San Francisco Film Noir Festival continues through this weekend, but before I wrap things up for this year, let's stop and talk about Monday night's presentation of Night Editor .
Fans of old time radio should take note of this movie because it was based on an episode from the radio series Night Editor. Fans of trashy B movies from the '40's should also take note of Night Editor because it is so very, very trashy.
As the film begins, it is late at night and the editor of a newspaper is sitting around with his fellow employees playing cards. In the background is a young, sleepy cub reporter. For reasons that I don't quite remember now, the night editor starts telling everyone a story he remembers from a few years back...
From there the story revolves around a police detective who witnesses a murder while out on Lover's Lane with his wicked, high society girlfriend. Both of them are married, so they can't admit they saw the crime. He feels terrible about what happened, but she is turned on by it. The next day, the detective is assigned to the case. From there, it has to be seen to be believed.
The radio series Night Editor ran from 1934 to 1948 and starred Hal Burdick. It also became a short-lived television series in 1954.
This film was supposed to be the first in a series, but unfortunately, there wasn't a follow-up. Again, let's hope this one makes it to DVD someday.