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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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Taking On The KKK 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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The studio wanted Lauren Bacall and Doris Day to star in the film, but Bacall went to Africa with her husband Humphrey Bogart to film The African Queen (1951)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:
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 »
Soundtrack:
Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry CannibalsSee more »

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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Taking On The KKK, 22 August 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Not that the subject matter of Storm Warning lends itself to music, but isn't it fascinating that Warner Brothers cast two of the best female musical performers in the history of film as the two leads. Sisters even.

For Ginger Rogers this was hardly her first dramatic part, having won an Oscar for Kitty Foyle. But this was Doris Day's first non-singing role and she acquits herself very well.

Ginger gets off a Greyhound Bus in some small southern town where her married younger sister Doris lives with her husband Steve Cochran. In those wee small hours during the graveyard shift, Ginger witnesses a murder committed by several men in white sheets. And lo and behold she recognizes one of them as Doris's husband.

Cochran is the best one in the film, a real boorish lout of a redneck. But Doris loves him although bit by bit she gets disillusioned. Rogers spends the whole film trying to make Doris see Cochran for what he is.

The Ku Klux Klan might have been the Elks in white sheets. No pun intended, but they get quite a white washing here. No mention at all of their racism or hatred of Catholics, Jews, and foreign born of all kinds. Still they are a nasty bunch who have a habit of doing in people who disagree with them.

Ronald Reagan here is a District Attorney who is bland in a very poorly written role. The problem with the Klan was that the various county District Attorneys in the south were more than likely Klan members or who at best just looked the other way. After all these cretins with the hoods were the very voters who put in the District Attorneys. When the Klan was prosecuted, if witnesses were found against it back in those days, it was always done at the federal level by appointed United States Attorneys.

Still Cochran and Day got the deserved best notices for this film which unfortunately defuses the issues it brings up.

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