6.8/10
1,050
23 user 6 critic

Storm Center (1956)

Approved | | Drama | 31 July 1956 (USA)
During the 1950s, a small-town librarian is shunned by the locals after she refuses the City Council's request to remove a book on Communism from the library's shelves.

Director:

Daniel Taradash

Writers:

Daniel Taradash (story and screenplay), Elick Moll (story and screenplay)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A divorced couple's teen-age daughter stands trial for stabbing her mother's latest lover.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Bette Davis, Susan Hayward, Mike Connors
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Explores the relationships shared by the residents of a seedy boarding house in London.

Director: Franklin Gollings
Stars: Bette Davis, Michael Redgrave, Alexis Kanner
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Spinster poetess Susan Grieve lives in a Manhattan apartment where naval hero Slick Novak comes with her for a nightcap. Next morning they visit her Connecticut farm where Novak tells her ... See full summary »

Director: Bretaigne Windust
Stars: Bette Davis, Janis Paige, Jim Davis
Madame Sin (1972)
Adventure | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A C.I.A. Agent is used as a pawn in an insane woman's plan to steal a Polaris submarine.

Director: David Greene
Stars: Bette Davis, Robert Wagner, Denholm Elliott
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The son of a dead Italian nobleman and a wealthy American woman forgets the disappointment of finding he has no talent for being a painter by succumbing to the sexual advances of an amoral model who believes in indiscriminate love affairs.

Director: Damiano Damiani
Stars: Bette Davis, Horst Buchholz, Catherine Spaak
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The film is about divorce but with flashbacks as to why divorce occurs.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt
Stars: Bette Davis, Barry Sullivan, Jane Cowl
June Bride (1948)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A magazine's staff, including bickering ex-lovers Linda and Carey, cover an Indiana wedding, which goes slightly wrong...

Director: Bretaigne Windust
Stars: Bette Davis, Robert Montgomery, Fay Bainter
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Sir Walter Raleigh overcomes court intrigue to win favor with the Queen in order to get financing for a proposed voyage to the New World.

Director: Henry Koster
Stars: Bette Davis, Richard Todd, Joan Collins
Bunny O'Hare (1971)
Certificate: GP Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Bunny is a penniless widow who blackmails a robber into teaching her the trade. Soon the pair starts a successful crime spree, and the cops aren't turning a blind eye.

Director: Gerd Oswald
Stars: Bette Davis, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Cassidy
Comedy | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Three sons who work in the family construction business help their overbearing mother celebrate her anniversary to her late husband.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Bette Davis, Sheila Hancock, Jack Hedley
Drama | Film-Noir | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Resentful of her small-town life, a married woman schemes to run off with a rich businessman.

Director: King Vidor
Stars: Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, David Brian
Action | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The career of Revolutionary War naval hero from his youth in Scotland through his service to Catherine the Great of Russia.

Director: John Farrow
Stars: Robert Stack, Marisa Pavan, Charles Coburn
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bette Davis ... Alicia Hull
Brian Keith ... Paul Duncan
Kim Hunter ... Martha Lockridge
Paul Kelly ... Judge Robert Ellerbee
Joe Mantell ... George Slater
Kevin Coughlin ... Freddie Slater
Sally Brophy Sally Brophy ... Laura Slater (as Sallie Brophie)
Howard Wierum Howard Wierum ... Mayor Levering
Curtis Cooksey ... Stacey Martin
Michael Raffetto ... Edgar Greenbaum
Joseph Kearns ... Mr. Morrisey
Edward Platt ... Rev. Wilson
Kathryn Grant ... Hazel Levering
Howard Wendell Howard Wendell ... Sen. Bascomb
Edit

Storyline

A small-town librarian is branded as a Communist by local politicians when she refuses to withdraw a controversial book from the library's shelves. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Who really set the town aflame?... See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Library See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Rosa, California, USA

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The first movie to criticize the McCarthy era directly. See more »

Quotes

George Slater: Sure she talks sweet as honey. All the time you can bet she was working away back there. She has twenty five years to fill those shelves with poison. She and those books of hers. All they want is one thing: smash and destroy. Smash everything we've ever built up in this country.
See more »

Soundtracks

Hymn to Our Library
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Elick Moll
Music by Morris Stoloff
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
powerful anti-censorship, McCarthy-era drama, a classic!!
20 June 2003 | by django-1See all my reviews

In today's environment--with civil liberties in question and with a book praising Joe McCarthy on the best-seller lists--this powerful and eloquent anti-censorship film needs to be reissued. Bette Davis plays a small-town librarian asked to remove a communist-oriented book from her library. The city council tries to buy her off by offering to build a children's wing to the library that she has been asking for--after thinking, she refuses to remove the book. Not only do they try to take her job from her, but she becomes the target of a smear campaign based on half-truths and innuendo. As other reviews have

stated, both the "good" and the "bad" characters are three-dimensional, and Paul Kelly in particular is superb as an old friend of Bette's who tries to defend her but is caught up in the hysteria. The scene where Kelly is asked to vote to condemn her, pauses, and lowers his head in shame is quite moving. Columbia always made good, solid B-movies, and the direct, matter-of- fact presentation of this material only strengthens the overall impact. Also, The musical score, although subtle and not calling attention to itself, is perfectly crafted. In fact, the film is filled with nice little touches. Note to Columbia/Sony: put this out on DVD immediately! It will get uniformly positive reviews from the critics and it has a message needed now more than ever. If you have any opportunity to see this, do not miss it.


35 of 49 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 23 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed