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Storm Center (1956)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  31 July 1956 (USA)
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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.

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Alicia Hull
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Paul Duncan
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Martha Lockridge
Paul Kelly ...
Judge Robert Ellerbee
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George Slater
Kevin Coughlin ...
Freddie Slater
Sally Brophy ...
Laura Slater (as Sallie Brophie)
Howard Wierum ...
Mayor Levering
Curtis Cooksey ...
Stacey Martin
Michael Raffetto ...
Edgar Greenbaum
Joseph Kearns ...
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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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

Martha Lockridge: Whatever was the issue? A stubborn woman was fired. Your council blew itself up with civic virtue. The city got something to buzz about. I got a better job. You got a platform.
Paul Duncan: You make it sound like a grab bag.
Martha Lockridge: Well, what do you think it was? Patriotism?
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Hymn to Our Library
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Elick Moll
Music by Morris Stoloff
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Greatest Library Film EVER!!
5 September 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

In this 1956 film starring Bette Davis who is a head librarian in a small narrow minded town and refuses to withdraw a controversial book during the height of the "McCarthy Era" which unfortunately ends in disastrous results.This great film has never been released on VHS/DVD so far, unless you're fortunate to catch it on TV sometime.


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