Monday, June 26, 2023

TCM’s Red Eddie Muller on Ronald Reagan and Storm Warning (1950) (Videos, Videos, Videos!)

[TCM’s Film Noir of the Week Saturday Night (Tonight)-Sunday Morning at 12:15 and 10 a.m. ET is Stuart Heisler, Richard Brooks, and Daniel Fuchs’ Storm Warning (1950), with Ginger Rogers, Ronald Reagan, Doris Day and Steve Cochran.”]

Storm Warning (1951) Official Trailer: Ginger Rogers, Ronald Reagan (HD)

By David in TN
sunday, june 25, 2023 at 11:58:00 p.m. edt

Eddie Muller was very favorable in his intro and outro to Storm Warning (1950). Red Eddie had helped restore the film.

He praised everybody involved, Ginger [Rogers], director Stuart Heisler, and declared himself a big Doris Day fan. Eddie said in his intro, “Ronald Reagan was very good. He was making a comeback after injuring himself in a softball game, causing a limp.”

In his outro, Eddie Muller said of Reagan: “As a young man, Ronald Reagan idolized Franklin Roosevelt and often described himself as a New Deal Democrat, which is what he was when he first became President of the Screen Actor’s Guild, a post he held from 1947 to 1952.”

“By the time he was elected again in 1959, he had become a Republican. The conversion was mostly inspired by his opposition to labor unions. And a personal abhorrence to paying federal income tax. He was elected governor of California in 1967 and served two terms before election as President of the United States in 1980.”

Well, what Eddie left out out is Ronald Reagan’s opposition to Communism. Regarding unions, it was Communists trying to take over the Screen Actor’s Guild Reagan fought against, allied with Robert Montgomery.

Storm Warning (1951): Trailer

Noir Alley: Storm Warning (1951): Intro, June 25, 2023

N.S.: Red Eddie lied about the KKK, regarding The Black Legion (1937). I saw the picture, which had high quality acting and writing, and was a cross between a B and an A picture. (E.g., a brief speech, in which a middle-aged mother explains to a young, single woman how a girl has to train a man.)

Then I did what research I could on the actual group, the Black Legion. Even though it committed at least one murder (in michigan), it was so obscure that almost nothing is known about it. Some people claim it was a Klan splinter group, while others deny that. My judgment is that the Black Legion had no connection to the KKK. If it had been a part of the Klan, or a Klan breakaway group, real scholars and journalists would have done serious research into it. Instead, we are treated to malicious rumor-mongering by the likes of Red Eddie, in order to serve his hatred against patriotic Whites in the present.

Red Eddie: “Ginger Rogers … was struggling to find good roles.”

Also false. At this point, people kept sending Rogers wonderful scripts, but she almost always rejected them. Eventually, they gave up trying. Years later, she would admit to having sabotaged her own career this way.

Noir Alley: Storm Warning (1951): Outro, June 25, 2023

Storm Warning (1951): Pivotal, Early Scene


Anonymous said...

I think Black Legion was common criminals mostly trying to pass as negroes or Klansmen.

Anonymous said...

That's a pretty good 4 minute clip.


Anonymous said...

Reagan went with the Joe Friday persona with this character.Could have been Jack Webb,but Dutch did a good impersonation.


David In TN said...

TCM's Film Noir of the Week Saturday Night-Sunday Morning at Midnight and 10 a.m. ET is Jean Negulesco's Deep Valley (1947) with Ida Lupino, Dane Clark, Wayne Morris, Henry Hull, Fay Bainter.

Film Noir Guide: "Lupino plays a shy farm girl disabled by a stutter because, as a child, she witnessed her father brutalize her mother. Her parents haven't slept in the same room for seven years, and Lupino has been suffering the consequences of their mutual disdain."

"Near their farm, a new highway is being built by a chain gang from San Quentin, and Lupino enjoys spying on the cons from the woods. She particularly enjoys watching one muscular prisoner (Clark) as he swings his pick. After Clark escapes thanks to a convenient landslide, Lupino runs into him at her secret hideaway, an abandoned cabin in the woods, and the two fall in love."

"Before long, Lupino's stutter disappears and the blissful couple make plans to run off to San Francisco to get married. As a posse searches for the escaped con, the romance-minded highway engineer (Morris) asks Hull to fix him up with Lupino."

"A top-notch tearjerker thanks to a sterling performance by Lupino, Deep Valley originally was planned as a vehicle for Humphrey Bogart, John Garfield, and Ann Sheridan. It was Lupino's last film for Warner Brothers, and it won her critical acclaim. When she turned down Warner's offer of an exclusive four-year contract, the studio mogul swore she'd never make another movie for Warner Brothers. After playing second fiddle to Warners' top star, Better Davis, for seven long years, Lupino couldn't have cared less."