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Storm Warning (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 10 February 1951 (USA)
Marsha Mitchell, a traveling dress model, stops in a southern town to see her sister who has married a Ku Klux Klansman. Marsha sees the KKK commit a murder and helps District Attorney Burt Rainey in bringing the criminals to justice.

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Marsha Mitchell
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Burt Rainey
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Lucy Rice
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Hank Rice
Hugh Sanders ...
Charlie Barr
Lloyd Gough ...
Cliff Rummel
Raymond Greenleaf ...
Faulkner
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George Athens
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Frank Hauser
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Coroner Bledsoe
Lynn Whitney ...
Cora Athens
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Walt Walters
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En route to a job, New York based model Marsha Mitchell decides to stop for less than 24 hours in the southern American town of Rock Point to visit her sister, Lucy Rice, who she has not seen in two years, and meet Lucy's husband, Hank Rice, for the first time. Upon arriving in Rock Point, Marsha witnesses a Ku Klux Klan slaying of who she would later learn is Walter Adams, an out of town reporter who was going to write an exposé on the Klan. Marsha even saw two of the men's faces after they removed their hoods, but they didn't see Marsha. Upon later arriving at Lucy's house, Marsha is shocked to see that Hank was one of the Klansmen committing the murder, he being a Klansman of which Lucy is unaware. Marsha decides to confront Hank and Lucy about what she saw. Meanwhile, county prosecutor Burt Rainey knows that the Klan committed the murder, everyone in town is aware that the Klan committed the murder, but Rainey knows that no one will come forward to implicate the Klan for what they... Written by Huggo

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Behind this burning cross...Behind the loopholes in the law...Behind their cowardly hoods...They hide a thousand vicious crimes! See more »

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Drama | Film-Noir

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10 February 1951 (USA)  »

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Storm Center  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Working title was "Storm Center." Coincidentally that title was used for a Bette Davis movie six years later at Columbia. See more »

Goofs

A character is murdered by the KKK after 10pm one evening. An autopsy is performed, witnesses interviewed and a coroner's inquest is held - all by the following afternoon, hardly twelve hours after crime was committed. See more »

Quotes

Cliff Rummel: I can't show the new summer line without a model.
Marsha Mitchell: Show 'em on hangers.
Cliff Rummel: Hangers haven't got what you've got!
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Connections

Referenced in Veronica Mars: Weapons of Class Destruction (2005) See more »

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Kiss Me Sweet
(uncredited)
Music by Milton Drake
Played when Marsha first goes to the recreation center
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An Overlooked Film Noir
18 December 2001 | by (Alexandria, Virginia) – See all my reviews

This film holds up so very well even after fifty years. The searing indictment of smalltown xenophobia and the struggle for truth is the hallmark here. Reagan does well in the role, but Steve Cochran and especially Ginger Rogers really shine here. The closing seconds with the fleeing Klansmen and the crumbling fiery cross coupled with strong orchestral strings leaves a hard hitting message that resonates. This film belongs on DVD as a testament to the ongoing struggle against intolerance, ignorance, and the fear of those things that are different. 1951 - 2001, sadly the need for that continues.


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