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Storm Warning -- Ginger Rogers, Ronald Reagan, and Doris Day star in thisuncharacteristic drama in which a vacationing model discovers that hersister's husband is a murderous Ku Klux Klansman.
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Release Date:
10 February 1951 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ginger Rogers ... Marsha Mitchell

Ronald Reagan ... Burt Rainey

Doris Day ... Lucy Rice

Steve Cochran ... Hank Rice
Hugh Sanders ... Charlie Barr
Lloyd Gough ... Cliff Rummel
Raymond Greenleaf ... Faulkner

Ned Glass ... George Athens
Paul E. Burns ... Frank Hauser
Walter Baldwin ... Coroner Bledsoe
Lynn Whitney ... Cora Athens
Stuart Randall ... Walt Walters
Sean McClory ... Shore
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lillian Albertson ... Mrs. Rainey (uncredited)
Fred Aldrich ... Townsman on Courthouse Steps (uncredited)

Richard Anderson ... Interne (uncredited)
Walter Bacon ... Jury Foreman (uncredited)
Janet Barrett ... Mrs. Adams (uncredited)
Fern Barry ... Wife (uncredited)

Paul Brinegar ... Cameraman #1 (uncredited)
Blondie Bronzell ... Townsman (uncredited)
Douglas Carter ... Townsman (uncredited)
Leo Cleary ... Barnet (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Townsman at Recreation Center (uncredited)
Charles J. Conrad ... Jordan (uncredited)
Russell Custer ... Townsman (uncredited)
Ned Davenport ... Policeman #2 (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Don Dillaway ... 2nd Convert (uncredited)
James Dime ... Townsman (uncredited)
King Donovan ... Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
Mike Donovan ... Townsman (uncredited)
Joe Dougherty ... Townsman (uncredited)

Ross Elliott ... Glen (uncredited)
Gene Evans ... Ku Klux Klansman (uncredited)
Norman Field ... 1st Convert (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Walker (uncredited)
Alex Gerry ... Basset (uncredited)

Dabbs Greer ... Courtroom Cop (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Townsman (uncredited)
Carl Harbaugh ... Townsman (uncredited)
Harry Harvey ... Mr. Louden (uncredited)
Edward Hearn ... Mr. Rainey (uncredited)
Len Hendry ... Policeman #1 (uncredited)
Mary Alan Hokanson ... Secretary (uncredited)
Lloyd Jenkins ... Tommy (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ... Townsman (uncredited)
Paul Kruger ... Townsman at Recreation Center (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Townsman at Inquest (uncredited)
David Le Grand ... Customer (uncredited)
George Lloyd ... Townsman (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Al (uncredited)
Charles Marsh ... Fowler (uncredited)
Frank McCarroll ... Townsman (uncredited)
Michael McHale ... 3rd Convert (uncredited)

David McMahon ... Hollis (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Townsman at Recreation Center (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Bowling Alley Patron (uncredited)
Sol Murgi ... Townsman (uncredited)
Joseph C. Narcisse ... Townsman (uncredited)
Robert A. O'Neil ... Townsman (uncredited)
Paul Panzer ... Baggage Room Attendant (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Townsman (uncredited)
Charles Phillips ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Townsman (uncredited)
Grandon Rhodes ... Pike (uncredited)
Lee Roberts ... Driver (uncredited)
Dewey Robinson ... Ku Klux Klansman (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt ... Inquest Bailiff (uncredited)
Edmon Ryan ... Trailer's Hooded Narrator (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Townsman at Recreation Center (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Townsman (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Townsman at Inquest (uncredited)
Joe Smith ... Townsman (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Townsman (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Townsman (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... Townsman (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Townsman at Recreation Center (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Mill Worker (uncredited)
Maxie Thrower ... Townsman (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Walter Adams / Townsman at Inquest (uncredited)
Tommy Walker ... Bob (uncredited)

Anthony Warde ... Jukebox Collector (uncredited)
Duke Watson ... Ernie (uncredited)
Charles Watts ... Wally (uncredited)
Tom Wells ... Cameraman #2 (uncredited)
Bill Welsh ... Hardy (uncredited)
Chalky Williams ... Townsman (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Sheriff Art Jaeger (uncredited)
Jack Wise ... Townsman at Inquest (uncredited)
Allen Wood ... Bowling Alley Patron / Mill Workman (uncredited)

Directed by
Stuart Heisler 
Writing credits
Daniel Fuchs (written by) and
Richard Brooks (written by)

Produced by
Jerry Wald .... producer
Original Music by
Daniele Amfitheatrof 
Cinematography by
Carl E. Guthrie (director of photography) (as Carl Guthrie)
Film Editing by
Clarence Kolster 
Art Direction by
Leo K. Kuter 
Set Decoration by
G.W. Berntsen 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Ray Forman .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Frank Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chuck Hansen .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie G. Hewitt .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Herschel Brown .... grip (uncredited)
Louis Jennings .... camera operator (uncredited)
Vic Johnson .... gaffer (uncredited)
Eugene Ritchie .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Milo Anderson .... wardrobe
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (as Maurice de Packh)
Ray Heindorf .... musical director
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Tamkin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Howard Hohler .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Finland:S | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (certificate #14344) | West Germany:18
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Doris Day's first non-singing role.See more »
Plot holes: 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 »
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.See more »
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14 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
An Overlooked Film Noir, 18 December 2001
Author: Paul from Alexandria, Virginia

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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