7.3/10
1,210
45 user 13 critic

Storm Warning (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 10 February 1951 (USA)
Trailer
2:31 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

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.

Director:

Stuart Heisler
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Poor health and alcoholism force Grover Cleveland Alexander out of baseball, but through his wife's faithful efforts, he gets a chance for a comeback and redemption.

Director: Lewis Seiler
Stars: Doris Day, Ronald Reagan, Frank Lovejoy
Julie (1956)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A terrified wife tries to escape from her insanely jealous husband who is bent on killing her.

Director: Andrew L. Stone
Stars: Doris Day, Louis Jourdan, Barry Sullivan
Certificate: Passed Biography | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The success and decline of songwriter Gus Kahn is portrayed, with his wife, Grace Kahn, sticking by him the whole time.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Doris Day, Danny Thomas, Frank Lovejoy
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The lives and romances of three sisters in a musical family; the youngest daughter's life is complicated by the subsequent arrival of a charming composer and a cynical music arranger.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Gig Young
Tight Spot (1955)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A female inmate is whisked out of prison and into a police guarded hotel until the district attorney can convince her to testify against the mob in the upcoming trial.

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: Ginger Rogers, Edward G. Robinson, Brian Keith
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Romantic misunderstandings abound when spouses suspect each other of being unfaithful, and a nightclub singer takes a cruise under a false identity.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, Busby Berkeley
Stars: Jack Carson, Janis Paige, Doris Day
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A waitress at the Warner Bros. commissary is anxious to break into pictures. She thinks her big break may have arrived when two actors agree to help her.

Director: David Butler
Stars: Doris Day, Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young trumpeter enjoys highs (musical success, fame, and fortune) and lows (sour marriage, death of his mentor, bout with alcoholism).

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Doris Day
Kitty Foyle (1940)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A hard-working, white-collar girl from a middle-class family meets and falls in love with a young socialite, but she soon clashes with his family.

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan, James Craig
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A series of misunderstandings leaves a married man believing he has impregnated the owner of an adoption agency, and that she will be his and his wife's surrogate.

Director: Gene Kelly
Stars: Doris Day, Richard Widmark, Gig Young
Animation | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An agent must search for a new personality to replace a popular singer who refuses to renew his radio contract. He finds one in the form of a single mother, but complications soon occur.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Jack Carson, Doris Day, Lee Bowman
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Broadway star unintentionally kills her impresario but keeps mum about it when the police investigator targets a rival actress.

Director: Jack Gage
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Leo Genn, Claire Trevor
Edit

Cast

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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Behind their cowardly hands they hide a thousand vicious crimes! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Storm Center See more »

Filming Locations:

Corona, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When she heard she would be co-starring with Ginger Rogers, Doris Day was delighted - before her success as a big band vocalist, Day had aspired to be a dancer, and Rogers had been one of her childhood idols. See more »

Goofs

Ginger Roger's character gets whipped in the right shoulder during the whipping scene. After she is saved, she is seen rubbing her left shoulder as if it had been whipped. See more »

Quotes

Cliff Rummel: I can't show the new summer line without a model.
Marsha Mitchell: Show 'em on hangers.
Cliff Rummel: Hangers haven't got what you've got!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Veronica Mars: Weapons of Class Destruction (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals
(uncredited)
Music by Raymond Scott
Juke box number referred to as "Jungle Rhythm"
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Rogers, Day, Reagan, all tops in first-rate anti-Klan picture
18 January 2005 | by frankfobSee all my reviews

Warner Brothers got back to its muckraking roots in this somber drama about an "outsider" who witnesses a Klan murder in a small town and is persuaded to keep quiet about it because her sister's scummy husband is involved in it. One of the aspects of this film that I appreciated was that the Klansmen aren't pawned off as buffoonish, mouth-breathing cretins as they often are in films like this (although Steve Cochran as Doris Day's white-trash husband comes close), which tends to trivialize them and make them seem a bit less dangerous than they really are. The film shows the people who run the Klan to be fairly prominent local citizens--which is, unfortunately, often the case in real life with organizations like the Klan--which actually makes them far more dangerous than if they were just a semi-literate bunch of backwoods hillbillies. Doris Day gives a bravura performance in her first dramatic role; she tends to just skirt the edge of "going over the top" on a few occasions, but director Stuart Heisler skillfully brings her, and the rest of the picture, under control, and it does have the gritty, noir-ish look reminiscent of the great Warners films of the '30s and '40s. Ginger Rogers is very good as Day's visiting sister who realizes the type of dilemma her sibling is caught in, and Ronald Reagan turns in one of his best performances as the local District Attorney who knows that Rogers saw the murder and needs her to testify in order to bring down the local Klan organization, which he is determined to do.

At a time when the government was far more interested in ferreting out "Communists"--who it was convinced were the driving forces behind the burgeoning civil rights movement--than it was in eliminating far more dangerous menaces like the Klan, it took guts for Warners to come out with a film like this. The movie actually was condemned as "Communist propaganda" by various right-wing groups, a charge Warners was used to by this time, and the studio courageously stood behind the film.

Day, Rogers, Reagan, even Steve Cochran are at the top of their form here. A previous poster has called this a "forgotten gem", and he hit the nail right on the head. This is a first-rate film that isn't as well known as it should be, and is most definitely worth a look.


18 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 45 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching



Recently Viewed