Storm Warning (1951)

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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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  • Ginger Rogers in Storm Warning (1951)
  • Ronald Reagan in Storm Warning (1951)
  • Ginger Rogers in Storm Warning (1951)
  • Ginger Rogers in Storm Warning (1951)
  • Ginger Rogers in Storm Warning (1951)
  • Ginger Rogers in Storm Warning (1951)

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24 February 2008 | aharenan
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| a treasure
A great film noir. An exploration of evil, the mob mentality, the human animal, conflicts between family loyalty and doing the right thing, and the courageous hero facing down the ugly crowd; in presenting all of that it achieves some depth amidst the great nighttime scenarios. Excellent performances by Rogers, Cochran, and Reagan; an early and dramatic Doris Day role is also of interest. You may recall Street Car Named Desire as you watch the cultured older sister visiting her sister and the brute of a husband. There is above all the fascination of watching a 1951, a time well before the key events of the soon to arrive civil rights movement, depiction of the KKK as mass delusion and criminal fraud - homegrown terrorism... and only 35 years or so after the KKK's glorification in Birth of a Nation. It is notable that in this KKK film you will have a difficult time spotting any blacks; still a powerful indictment nonetheless. Don't miss it.

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