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Pete Ramsey (Morris) is a hard-working coal miner who falls in love with and marries scheming showgirl Victory Kane (Kelly). Victory presses Pete to fight for the position of the mine ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Victory Kane
William Henry ...
Bob Ramsey (as Bill Henry)
Gwen Kenyon ...
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Joe Sawyer ...
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Marie McDonald ...
Diana Linden
Morgan Conway ...
Gary Linden
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Pete Ramsey (Morris) is a hard-working coal miner who falls in love with and marries scheming showgirl Victory Kane (Kelly). Victory presses Pete to fight for the position of the mine superintendent, which he earns. Unable to bear her poor surroundigns and unsatisfied with being a miners wife, Victory decides to climb the social ladder and have an affair with the wealthy owner of the mine, Gary Linden (Conway), unbeknownst to her faithful husband. Suddenly, a ferocious tornado forms and hits the town and the mine, putting everyone's life in danger. For its time, the film has impressive visual effects for the tornado sequence. Written by Anonymous

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »


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Like Most Disaster Films...Way Too Much Story
18 April 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Tornado (1943)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Decent disaster film about a poor miner (Chester Morris) who marries a showgirl (Nancy Kelly) just as his luck changes. He ends up rich and running his own coal mine but soon items from his past are going to catch up with him and he's about to learn something about his loving wife. I guess it should come as no shock that this disaster movie, like many others from its genre, is full of story and not a very good one. I guess I should take that back because the first forty-five minutes or so are pretty good as we get an interesting tale of greed, jealousy and the dangers of mining. I thought the first half of the movie featured some pretty good drama as Morris must turn his back on some of his own morals to finally get some place and how this will effect everything that is coming to him. There's some stuff early on with a mining blast that creates some nice drama including a very good segment with Joe Sawyer who plays a tough guy who ends up a cripple. Where the film starts to lose its punch is in the final half-hour where things just turn way too silly. In the before mentioned blast, a woman is blinded in the event and her dad seeks vengeance on whoever took her into the mine. Of course this ends up happening at the end of the movie and it's just too much and too silly to work. Also silly was the love triangle that happens, again, in the final twenty-minutes or so. The movie runs a brief 82-minutes but there's enough plot for three movies here and with the running time so short you really can't focus on any of the stories as the film is constantly jumping around and in the end this takes away from the full impact. The movie does feature some pretty good performances with Morris leading the way with the tough and charming type of character he was born to play. The actor has no problem showing off his tough side and he's very believable as someone poor and struggling. The blue collar type character is one Morris could play in his sleep and he does a very good job here. The same is true for Sawyer who most will probably remember for his Hal Roach comedies. He is a favorite of mine and I was surprised to see how well he handled this dramatic role. Nancy Kelly, William Henry and Gwen Kenyon round out the cast. The tornado that the title promises appears mostly at the start of the film and then we flashback to the drama before going back to the disaster again at the end. The special effects are decent, if nothing special, and I couldn't help but think that some of them were lifted from another movie, although which movie never came to mind. With that said, the movie could have actually benefited from less story but fans of Morris, Sawyer or disaster films in general will probably want to check this one out.

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