Warner Bros. présente ... Ku-Klux-Klan. "Storm Warning". Mise en seène: Stuart Heisler.
[Film / Racism].

Warner Bros. présente ... Ku-Klux-Klan. "Storm Warning". Mise en seène: Stuart Heisler.

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Belgique: Impr. L. F. De Vos & Co. S. A. Anvers, [1953]. 49.5 x 36 cm (19-1/4" x 14-1/4"). Broadside. White stock printed in multiple colors, red title; text in French. Short tear and thin strip of loss to lower corner, light marginal wear and soiling, tape to verso. Good+.

Poster promoting a Belgian showing of Storm Warning, starring Steve Cochran, Doris Day, Ginger Rogers and Ronald Reagan and directed by Stuart Heisler. In the film, Rogers plays a New York fashion model who visits her sister, Day, in a small "all-American" town somewhere in the South. There, she accidentally witnesses a group of Klansmen raid a jail and then kill the man they've just sprung from it; two of the Klansmen remove their hoods, and one of them, played by Steve Cochran, turns out to be Day's husband. Although Rogers initially refuses to testify against him, she later recants and is kidnapped by the Klan, then saved from a beating by the local district attorney, Reagan, accompanied by the police.

Although the film was well-received for the perfomances of the actors, it was notable for its lack of black characters, which the Nash and Ross Motion Picture Guide notes is "akin to shooting THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK without any Jewish characters" (p. 3141).

Nash and Ross also point out the similarity between Corona, California, where the film was shot, and the fictional town in the movie. "Located near a major prison, Corona was long rumored to be a hotbed for Ku Klux Klan activity. At one point, the future President of the United States was approached by one of Corona's townsmen, who claimed to be a member of the local Klan chapter. He told Reagan his group had plenty of available robes should the production company need to rent extra costumes" (3141).

Originally released in Belgium in January 1953.

Scarce in the trade.


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