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½ April 15, 2016
Stuart Heisler's all-American melodrama is an oscillating noir which transcends the genre in more ways than one.
The film is a classic study of small town corruption told through sly whispers and nuanced frustrations, and it's these brittle exchanges which lend the picture its greatness. Storm Warning lifts as much from 1940s noir as it does from A Streetcar Named Desire, and the result is one of the most intimate noirs ever to grace the silver screen.
There's just one downside: the entire film explores the grisly wrath of the Klu Klux Klan without even a single reference to their racism. Unrealistic, perhaps, but Storm Warning is tempestuous enough to strike us all down without it.
Super Reviewer
April 12, 2016
Extremely predictable and unfortunately it doesn't deal with racism but with the KKK's intimidation of outsiders to their town which leads to a death. The witness (Ginger Rogers) of the murder notices two men who take off their hood and is a little shaken up when meeting her younger sister (Doris Day) and is surprised when the killer (Steve Cochran) turns out to be her sister's new husband.
½ October 3, 2013
Interesting film filled with great scenes--both the small town settings and the wild KKK meeting in the woods. The opening ten minutes is so shocking for its time it will really make you perk up.

This film began with a noir edge. While visiting her sister in a small town, a woman witnesses the murder of an expose reporter by members of the Ku Klux Klan. Ginger Rogers and Doris Day were odd choices for these dramatic roles, but they manage to pull off a more than credible effort. When she meets her brother-in-law, Rogers realizes he is the murderer. The first 30 minutes of this film are riveting, owing primarily to Ginger Rogers' subtle and restrained performance as the witness. She doesn't have much dialog but emotes with body and expression beautifully. Notable is the five minute scene where Rogers meets her brother-in-law and, realizing her sister has married a murderer, freezes in horror unable to speak. The level of tension is palpable. This tension dissipates for awhile until the ending where Ginger is in real danger.

Steve Cochran was excellent as the loud mouth lout murderer. The interaction between he and Ginger Rogers was what keeps viewer's attention and interest, as they flashed anger combined with an undercurrent of lust at each other. Things really sparked when Steve and Ginger were on the screen. The crux of the movie is whether she will testify at the inquest as to what she witnessed; with the knowledge what that would mean to her pregnant sister.

Ronald Reagan, in one of his best performances, cast as the crusading District Attorney who pressures Ginger Rogers to testify to what she witnessed. His strait laced qualities made him a better choice for the lead than more liberal leaning actors because he fits so well into the small town setting. Doris Day, in a non singing role was fine as the younger sister and wife.

There is a shocking and violent scene at the end where Reagan saves Ginger from a flogging, denouncing the Klan members and pointing out that he knew who they were even with the robes and hoods, and denounces them for "desecrating the cross". Alas, he could not save Doris Day from being accidently shot.

Many people criticized this film because it did not portray the Ku Klux Klan in a harsh enough light, but this did not deter from the crux of the film: whether Rogers will testify, will the guilty be convicted and what will be the consequences.
½ December 13, 2011
Definitely not the usual character parts for Doris Day or Ginger Rogers. It was one of those movies that showed the effects of not telling the whole truth.
½ April 11, 2011
Quite action-packed and progressive for 1951.
½ April 6, 2010
Ginger Rogers and Steve Cochran are superb. Reagan is pretty good, too. I really liked this. Visually it's a blast. The subject matter could have been a little more upfront with what the Ku Klux Klan really is, but I guess around the time it was made the filmmakers probably didn't want to make the boldest statement considering the universal hatred of the Klan probably wasn't as popular as it is now and Warner Bros wouldn't want to turn off TOO many potential southern theater goers. Still this movie holds up today as an entertaining and somewhat thrilling piece of cinema.
Super Reviewer
½ January 27, 2009
Boy are there things wrong with this movie, but as a time capsule its worth a view. Doris doesn't sing a note, actually its one of her strangest roles.
Super Reviewer
December 19, 2008
Ronald Reagan is the Man, He had all the dolls, In this movie he is with Doris Day and Ginger Rogers, now thats as good as it gets. It was neat to see some of Ron's movements and actions that folloed him thur life. In this movie he takes on the KKK. Its an excellent movie. The klan kills a white reporter for sticking his nose where it doesn't belong, and Ginger is a witness. Rent it or Buy its a Must.
½ December 10, 2008
Its a film that condemns the KKK but never explicitly mentions race. In fact if the historical context of the Klan is brought in the film can be read as pretty racist itself. There is one scene though that was striking. After completely disregarding the racist core of the KKK and implying some legitimacy for their concerns. After not seeing one person of color in the entire film there is a scene at the court house where African American's are featured in the forefront. The stark contrast with the rest of the film is jarring and brings the reality of the Klan briefly to the surface. Something that couldn't have been lost on most viewers in the 50s when the Civil Rights movement was just beginning. If not the best example of filmmaking (but far from the worst) it is an incredibly interesting historical artifact if only for the way the Klan is depicted and the way the issue of race is danced around.
½ August 14, 2008
Definitely not the usual character parts for Doris Day or Ginger Rogers. It was one of those movies that showed the effects of not telling the whole truth.
April 18, 2008
I desperately want to see this, and am now saving to buy it!! Woo!!!
April 9, 2008
Vuelvo a atacar con una de cine clasico. Una pelicula bastante aceptable acerca de los origenes del "Klan" y su modo de operar con los protagonistas típicos de un musical. !!Increíble!!
Asombra ver como el KKK, en sus inicios, no era una organizacion racista sino una pandilla de miembros de la comunidad que ejercian la autotutela, ante la insuficiencia de efectivos policiales, en aquellos pueblos sureños y de perdidos de EEUU donde se padecian los mas elevados indices de criminalidad del pais.
Los individuos asustadizos y facilmente atemorizables se tornan ??dioses justicieros?? tras un caperuzon blanco cuando atacan en manada. Ahora, cuando el anonimato desaparece, vuelven a ser el triste panadero, el lechero mojigato o el dueño del aserradero bravucón y pendenciero?
En esta mini-sociedad impera el la ley del silencio y nadie es capaz, por miedo a las represalias, de delatar a su vecino. Existe un clima generalizado de transigencia con la fechoria -y hasta el asesinato- que, tristemente, nos recuerda a cierto territorio aforado de nuestro pais, si bien, ubicado algo más al Norte.
La situacion cambia cuando Ginger Rogers presencia el linchamiento de un ??outsider??, periodista de profesion, al inicio del film. Quien iba a decirle que uno de esos agresores (Steve Cochran) sería el marido de su hermana (Doris Day)?
Para la proxima sesion de proyecciones domesticas ??Mississippi Burning??, con Gene Hackman un jovencisimo Willem Dafne. Le damos asi algo de contiuidad a la tematica de las cruces incendiarias ;-)
January 21, 2008
this movie is great.
November 23, 2007
Ginger Rogers, Doris Day & (dear God!) Ronald Reagan--sounds like a musical right? wrong. A very realistic & suspenseful fast paced story about a KKK coverup in small-town America. A rarely-seen noir classic.
October 4, 2007
I was disappointed. The acting was good of course but I thought the ending was abrupt.
August 31, 2007
Ginger Rogers kicks Klan ass - in a pencil skirt and heels - 'nuff said!
½ August 30, 2007
unheralded noir about racism in a small U.S. town. Where else can you see Ginger Rogers get whipped by the KKK!?
½ February 12, 2007
Ginger Rogers, Doris Day, and Ronald Reagan, star in this climatic movie of 1951. This movie is a moving plot, and you have to keep up with it. A touch of gold and mink surround this one of a Klu Klux leader and the fraility of the South when the shows time period in the past. deep roots fans will like this one...Reagon lovers and Day lovers will cherish this one....
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