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Writers:
Daniel Fuchs (written by) and
Richard Brooks (written by)
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Release Date:
10 February 1951 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Unmasked by Warner Brothers! See more »
Plot:
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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Rogers, Day, Reagan, all tops in first-rate anti-Klan picture See more (37 total) »

Cast

  (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, Baggage Man
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)
Ned Davenport ... Policeman #2 (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Don Dillaway ... 2nd Convert (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)
Robert A. O'Neil ... Townsman (uncredited)
Paul Panzer ... Baggage Room Attendant (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Townsman (uncredited)
Charles Phillips ... Bus Driver (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)
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)
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)
Robert Williams ... Sheriff Art Jaeger (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Townsman Outside Courthouse (uncredited)
Jack Wise ... Townsman at Inquest (uncredited)
Allen Wood ... Bowling Alley Patron / Mill Workman (uncredited)
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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)
 
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Runtime:
93 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:S | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (certificate #14344)
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Trivia:
Filmed in 1949, the film bears a 1950 copyright statement on the opening credits.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Burt Rainey:Hear that yellin' out there? That's the Klan! They just found out that law and order can't touch them. You did that when you let them off! They're runnin' wild! They're gonna rip up the old laws and make new ones! They're gonna do every rotten thing they can think of doing!See more »
Soundtrack:
Keep Cool, FoolSee more »

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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Rogers, Day, Reagan, all tops in first-rate anti-Klan picture, 18 January 2005
Author: frankfob from California

Warner Brothers got back to its muckraking roots in this somber drama about an "outsider" who witnesses a Klan murder in a small town and is persuaded to keep quiet about it because her sister's scummy husband is involved in it. One of the aspects of this film that I appreciated was that the Klansmen aren't pawned off as buffoonish, mouth-breathing cretins as they often are in films like this (although Steve Cochran as Doris Day's white-trash husband comes close), which tends to trivialize them and make them seem a bit less dangerous than they really are. The film shows the people who run the Klan to be fairly prominent local citizens--which is, unfortunately, often the case in real life with organizations like the Klan--which actually makes them far more dangerous than if they were just a semi-literate bunch of backwoods hillbillies. Doris Day gives a bravura performance in her first dramatic role; she tends to just skirt the edge of "going over the top" on a few occasions, but director Stuart Heisler skillfully brings her, and the rest of the picture, under control, and it does have the gritty, noir-ish look reminiscent of the great Warners films of the '30s and '40s. Ginger Rogers is very good as Day's visiting sister who realizes the type of dilemma her sibling is caught in, and Ronald Reagan turns in one of his best performances as the local District Attorney who knows that Rogers saw the murder and needs her to testify in order to bring down the local Klan organization, which he is determined to do.

At a time when the government was far more interested in ferreting out "Communists"--who it was convinced were the driving forces behind the burgeoning civil rights movement--than it was in eliminating far more dangerous menaces like the Klan, it took guts for Warners to come out with a film like this. The movie actually was condemned as "Communist propaganda" by various right-wing groups, a charge Warners was used to by this time, and the studio courageously stood behind the film.

Day, Rogers, Reagan, even Steve Cochran are at the top of their form here. A previous poster has called this a "forgotten gem", and he hit the nail right on the head. This is a first-rate film that isn't as well known as it should be, and is most definitely worth a look.

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