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Storm Warning (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 10 February 1951 (USA)
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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
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Charlie Barr
Lloyd Gough ...
Cliff Rummel
Raymond Greenleaf ...
Faulkner
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George Athens
Paul E. Burns ...
Frank Hauser
Walter Baldwin ...
Coroner Bledsoe
Lynn Whitney ...
Cora Athens
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Walt Walters
Sean McClory ...
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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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Filmed in 1949, the film bears a 1950 copyright statement on the opening credits. See more »

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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

Charlie Barr: I'll give you a tip, young fellow. Never go off half-cocked. Who's to say the Klan's involved? You got a witness? Don't drag people into anything unless you got solid legal evidence. Everything that happens in these small towns right away they blame it on the Klan.
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Referenced in Veronica Mars: Weapons of Class Destruction (2005) See more »

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Five O'Clock Whistle
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Music by Gene Irwin and Josef Myrow
Played when Burt first shows up at the recreation center
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Despite not going far enough on the subject matter, Storm Warning is a pretty entertaining melodrama
6 April 2010 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Watching Storm Warning just now-a movie which takes on the Ku Klux Klan-I had expected a compelling drama about what kind of organization it was and how it was going to be exposed. But instead of widely revealing how it treats anyone who's not white or of a certain religion with complete contempt, this film just glosses over that while concentrating on the attempts to cover a murder of a nosy reporter which gets witnessed by an outsider (Ginger Rogers) as she looks for her sister (Doris Day) and her husband (Steve Cochran). In addition, a crusading attorney (Ronald Reagan) is trying to get Ms. Rogers to spill the beans in court...Because of what I mentioned above, not to mention the obvious stealing of material from Tennesse Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire", this film isn't very good as a history lesson and the score, along with some of the dialogue and scenes, make the whole thing a little melodramatically dated. Still, as such and with good performances by those four leads I mentioned, not to mention many of the supporting ones, Storm Warning is still pretty entertaining and worth a look for anyone curious about how such subject matter was treated in an era of censorship and post-war political atmosphere.


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