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Tornado (1943)

Approved | | Drama | 1943 (UK)
Pete Ramsey (Morris) is a hard-working coal miner who falls in love with and marries scheming showgirl Victory Kane (Kelly). Victory presses Pete to fight for the position of the mine ... See full summary »

Director:

William Berke

Writers:

Maxwell Shane (screenplay), John Guedel (from the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Chester Morris ... Pete Ramsey
Nancy Kelly ... Victory Kane
William Henry ... Bob Ramsey (as Bill Henry)
Gwen Kenyon ... Sally Vlochek
Joe Sawyer ... Charlie Boswell
Marie McDonald ... Diana Linden
Morgan Conway ... Gary Linden
Nestor Paiva ... Big Joe Vlochek
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Pete Ramsey (Morris) is a hard-working coal miner who falls in love with and marries scheming showgirl Victory Kane (Kelly). Victory presses Pete to fight for the position of the mine superintendent, which he earns. Unable to bear her poor surroundigns and unsatisfied with being a miners wife, Victory decides to climb the social ladder and have an affair with the wealthy owner of the mine, Gary Linden (Conway), unbeknownst to her faithful husband. Suddenly, a ferocious tornado forms and hits the town and the mine, putting everyone's life in danger. For its time, the film has impressive visual effects for the tornado sequence. Written by Anonymous

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A WIND FROM HELL!--blowing life...or DEATH!

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1943 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Aires de tempestad See more »

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Afraid of You
Lyrics by Ralph Freed
Music by Friedrich Hollaender (as Frederick Hollander)
Sung by Nancy Kelly (uncredited)
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The great leveler
8 June 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The influence of Cecil B. DeMille is clearly in this Pine-Thomas Production from Paramount's B picture unit. William H. Pine was DeMille's Associate Producer for several of his feature films and this film even with its low budget there are a lot of DeMille like touches here.

You'd have to go back to some of DeMille's silent films though. The story concerns coalminer Chester Morris who marries a traveling singer played by Nancy Kelly who has ambitions to climb socially. With her spurring him on, Morris gains some promotions and then gets a hold of a piece of land and opens his own coal mine. Whatever he does including building the grandest mansion in town is not enough for Kelly who's two timing him with the owner's son of another mine played by Morgan Conway.

The last ten minutes of the movie comes the Tornado which acts as the great leveler of Morris's ambitions. It's almost of biblical proportions and for that I refer you to the silent Ten Commandments, Madam Satan, and other DeMille films with great disasters coming as retribution.

Pine-Thomas films set a good standard for B pictures. They may be cheap, but they never look ragged and Tornado definitely fills that bill.


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