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.

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Stuart Heisler
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Complete credited cast:
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
Walter Baldwin ... Coroner Bledsoe
Lynn Whitney Lynn Whitney ... Cora Athens
Stuart Randall ... Walt Walters
Sean McClory ... Shore
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En route to a job, New York based model Marsha Mitchell decides to stop for less than 24 hours in the southern American town of Rock Point to visit her sister, Lucy Rice, who she has not seen in two years, and meet Lucy's husband, Hank Rice, for the first time. Upon arriving in Rock Point, Marsha witnesses a Ku Klux Klan slaying of who she would later learn is Walter Adams, an out of town reporter who was going to write an exposé on the Klan. Marsha even saw two of the men's faces after they removed their hoods, but they didn't see Marsha. Upon later arriving at Lucy's house, Marsha is shocked to see that Hank was one of the Klansmen committing the murder, he being a Klansman of which Lucy is unaware. Marsha decides to confront Hank and Lucy about what she saw. Meanwhile, county prosecutor Burt Rainey knows that the Klan committed the murder, everyone in town is aware that the Klan committed the murder, but Rainey knows that no one will come forward to implicate the Klan for what they... Written by Huggo

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A "friendly" little town is unmasked in a story as startling as the screen has dared to be! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Doris Day's first non-singing role. See more »

Goofs

When Marsha is at the recreation center near the counter; a waitress in a long sleeve light colored print blouse carrying a tray passes behind her. But on the very next cut; the same action of the same waitress is shown passing Marsha again but this time it is in front of her. See more »

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Jukebox Collector: What about jungle rhythm, in or out?
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Referenced in Svengoolie: The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (2019) See more »

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Keep Cool, Fool
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Music by James P. Johnson and Josef Myrow
Played at the recreation center after the verdict
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Absorbing drama about a Klan murder witnessed by Ginger Rogers...
15 April 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

There's an almost Tennessee Williams quality to the storyline. A woman (Ginger Rogers) travels south to visit her sister (Doris Day) but enroute witnesses a murder by the KKK. Arriving at the sister's house, she discovers her married to one of the Klansmen (Steve Cochran), her crude brother-in-law. Tension builds when Rogers reports the incident to the young DA (Ronald Reagan)and the film builds to an interesting climax. Somewhat like watching Blanche du Bois visit her sister in a southern town and finding herself threatened by her earthy brother-in-law in 'Streetcar Named Desire'. All of the leads are excellent--Ginger Rogers, Doris Day, Ronald Reagan and Steve Cochran in this unusually strong melodrama, gritty and realistic with surprisingly good work from Doris Day who had only been in films a short time. Definitely a film that deserves more recognition and relatively unknown by today's film fans.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Storm Center See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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