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Storm Center (1956)

Approved | | Drama | 31 July 1956 (USA)
A small-town librarian is branded as a Communist by local politicians when she refuses to withdraw a controversial book from the library's shelves.

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Alicia Hull
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Paul Duncan
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Martha Lockridge
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Judge Robert Ellerbee
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George Slater
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Freddie Slater
Sally Brophy ...
Laura Slater (as Sallie Brophie)
Howard Wierum ...
Mayor Levering
Curtis Cooksey ...
Stacey Martin
Michael Raffetto ...
Edgar Greenbaum
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Mr. Morrisey
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Rev. Wilson
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Hazel Levering
Howard Wendell ...
Sen. Bascomb
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A small-town librarian is branded as a Communist by local politicians when she refuses to withdraw a controversial book from the library's shelves. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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LONG AWAITED EVENT - BETTE DAVIS Hits the Screen in a Cyclone of Dramatic Fury! See more »

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Unfortunately, Storm Center was not well received by either critics or viewers, which Davis believed to be the fault of the film, not the subject matter. She did not agree with the casting of little Kevin Coughlin as Freddie, complaining that Taradash did not direct him well. According to Davis, this resulted in a lack of emotional rapport between her and Coughlin, making it difficult to believe the extent of the little boy's feelings of betrayal. Not all of this can be attributed to Taradash's direction, however. Both Davis and Taradash were shocked at Coughlin's mother, who prepared the little boy for his crying scenes by pinching him till it hurt. See more »

Quotes

Alicia Hull: How about helping out an old friend?
Freddie Slater: Your not my friend!
Alicia Hull: Freddie.
Freddie Slater: You're not anybody's friend! They kicked you out! You don't belong here. They found out about you! You want to destroy us! Your like all the rest of them! They found out what you were doing! You don't belong here! Your not the librarian anymore. Your a communist! A communist! A communist! A communist!
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Hymn to Our Library
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Lyrics by Elick Moll
Music by Morris Stoloff
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Mrs. Hall stays in Santa Rosa
13 December 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This great little film compares favorably with "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington". Yet the critics seem to dislike an elderly woman hero and "cheap" production. Mr. Smith is tedious, long-winded, self-congratulatory, preachy and vague, yet he gets all the acclaim whereas Storm Center is relegated to oblivion. Alas, the beautiful old Santa Rosa Library was torn down too. Anyone who loves libraries has got to like this movie. Female librarians are often ridiculed as dried up spinsters, as if being a dried up spinster were a bad thing! It's WONDERFUL, and so is being a librarian, one of the nobler callings. This movie works in every department. Everything is just perfect. It transcends mere plot and becomes art. The tapestry of SOUNDS is fantastic. The essence of a movie is, paradoxically, its audio, not its video. Great movies are a feast to the ear. The composer deserves a lot of credit for a rich, eerie score. This classic should be out on DVD.


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