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Storm Center (1956)

Approved | | Drama | 31 July 1956 (USA)
During the 1950s, a small-town librarian is shunned by the locals after she refuses the City Council's request to remove a book on Communism from the library's shelves.

Director:

Daniel Taradash

Writers:

Daniel Taradash (story and screenplay), Elick Moll (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bette Davis ... Alicia Hull
Brian Keith ... Paul Duncan
Kim Hunter ... Martha Lockridge
Paul Kelly ... Judge Robert Ellerbee
Joe Mantell ... George Slater
Kevin Coughlin ... Freddie Slater
Sally Brophy Sally Brophy ... Laura Slater (as Sallie Brophie)
Howard Wierum Howard Wierum ... Mayor Levering
Curtis Cooksey ... Stacey Martin
Michael Raffetto ... Edgar Greenbaum
Joseph Kearns ... Mr. Morrisey
Edward Platt ... Rev. Wilson
Kathryn Grant ... Hazel Levering
Howard Wendell 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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Loosely based on the dismissal of real-life librarian Ruth Brown. See more »

Quotes

Alicia Hull: How about helping out an old friend?
Freddie Slater: Your not my friend!
Alicia Hull: Freddie.
Freddie Slater: You're not anybody's friend! They kicked you out! You don't belong here. They found out about you! You want to destroy us! Your like all the rest of them! They found out what you were doing! You don't belong here! Your not the librarian anymore. Your a communist! A communist! A communist! A communist!
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Soundtracks

Hymn to Our Library
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Elick Moll
Music by Morris Stoloff
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Brave and Daring For the Times
1 June 2015 | by willsnydersnyderSee all my reviews

I first saw "Storm Center" when I was eight years old. Even though the film was meant for adults, my parents respected my intelligence and maturity to think I would get the film's meaning. I did. Even though I didn't see the film again until I was an adult, I understood how brave and daring the film was. An example of this might have been that my next door neighbor kids didn't want to play "Cowboys and Indians." It was "Americans and Communists" for them. That was the mentality of 1956 America. Fear was everywhere. A right to voice an unpopular opinion was not only unpopular, but made one suspicious. Bette Davis' role as Yankee liberal librarian Alicia Hull perfectly fit in with our family. She wasn't a left-wing radical, but she did want to have the radicals have a right to speak, no matter how odious. My thought is that when this film shows up at 3 am, some Tea Party types will stay up to watch and pray Bette gets burned at the stake.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Library See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Rosa, California, USA

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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