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Storm Warning (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 10 February 1951 (USA)
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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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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
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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

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Drama | Film-Noir

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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 »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The relationship between Ginger Rogers' character and her on-screen brother-in-law Stephen Cochran bears a striking similarity to that between Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, which was also a 1951 Warner Brothers' release. See more »

Goofs

Steve Cochrane takes out his house key to unlock the door, but then just pushes it open. See more »

Quotes

Burt Rainey: Just wearing that hood doesn't change your voice, Walker. Am I supposed to be afraid of you because your face is covered up? It'll take more than these sheets you're wearing to hide the fact that you're mean, frightened little people, or you wouldn't be here, desecrating the cross.
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Featured in Biography: Doris Day: It's Magic (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Five O'Clock Whistle
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Music by Gene Irwin and Josef Myrow
Played when Burt first shows up at the recreation center
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A hard rain's gonna fall
11 February 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

"Storm Warning " is a very interesting movie.Few movies dealt with the KKK at the time and ,of course,we are far from "Birth Of A Nation"( where they were the good guys(!!!) who saved the Cameron family attacked by the villains (the black men!)).

"Storm Warning" gives a strong depiction of that sinister secret society."Without your hood,you are cowards!" one character says .Quite rightly so.Without their hoods,when they beat the retreat ,they are the guys -next -door ;they even bring their children to the meeting.

The action is tight ,everything happens in 24 hours .There are many suspenseful scenes ,particularly the first one in Lucy's house when Marsha discovers that her brother-in-law is part of them.Of course Tennessee Williams' shadow hangs over the threesome Marsha/Lucy/Hank who reminds everyone of Blanche/Stella/Stanley ;besides Doris Day resembles Kim Hunter.But it does not get in the way.On the contrary ,it gives Hank's character substance ,and Steve Cochran rises to the occasion.Ronald Reagan's part is less interesting,but fortunately,the script writers spared us a love affair between him and Ginger Rogers.


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