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Blu-ray Review: Storm Warning (1951)
A movie that is somehow both full of, and lacking, message.
Ginger Rogers. Doris Day. Ronald Reagan. Sounds nice, right? A musical, perhaps? A fun romp? Something lite and easy? Maybe even a monkey?
How about the Ku Klux Klan?
Storm Warning, now on Blu-ray courtesy of Warner Archive, may not be the movie you expect when you see such a cast, but it stands as a notable exception in their filmographies, a Tennesee Williams-esque Southern Gothic story with noir roots. With direction from ‘Noir 101 Professor’ Stuart Heisler (The Glass Key, Tokyo Joe), a script by Richard Brooks (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, In Cold Blood) and Daniel Fuchs (films directed by Elia Kazan and Douglas Sirk), and produced by Jerry Wald (Mildred Pierce, Adventures of Don Juan) the pedigree is strong and the inspirational lineage is clear in this fine film that has been largely forgotten, but now recently restored to continue a conversation that has perhaps only stalled out since the 1950s.
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