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A trully thrilling film
on July 13, 2011
When first released in 1950, this film was hailed as a first-rate thriller. Six decades later it still holds up as a raw-edged expose' of the Klu Klux Klan and their terrorising of a small town. The performances of Ginger Rogers,Ronald Reagan, Doris Day ( in a serious non-singing role) and Steve Cochran are certainly the best of their careers.
The story concerns a fashion model (Rogers) who visits the small town where her younger sister (Day) lives with her new husband (Cochran). On arriving she witnesses a killing by the Klu Klux Klan, two of whom remove their hoods and she sees their faces. Later she discovers that one of the men is her sister's husband. Her first instinct is to report him to the local police but rather than spoil her sister's happiness, she decides to leave town. It is at this point that the local District Attorney (Reagan) convinces her that she should testify as a witness to the brutal murder. But once on the witness stand, she again changes her mind and her sister's moronic husband walks free. What happens after that leads to a most suspenseful climax to what remains a truly thrilling film. Highly recommended.