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Tornado (film)

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Directed byWilliam A. Berke
Written byMaxwell Shane
Based onBlack Tornado
by John Guedel
Produced byWilliam H. Pine
William C. Thomas
StarringChester Morris
Nancy Kelly
CinematographyFred Jackman Jr.
Edited byWilliam H. Ziegler
Music byFreddie Rich
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
August 1943
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited States

Tornado is a 1943 film directed by William A. Berke and starring Chester Morris and Nancy Kelly.[1]


Pete Ramsey (Morris) is a hard-working coal miner who falls in love with and marries scheming showgirl Victory Kane (Kelly). Victory presses Pete to fight for the position of the mine superintendent, which he earns. Still unwilling to bear her poor surroundings and unsatisfied with being a miner's wife, Victory decides to climb the social ladder by having an affair with the wealthy owner of the mine, Gary Linden (Conway), unbeknownst to her faithful husband. Suddenly, a ferocious tornado hits the town and the mine, putting everyone in danger.



The film was based on the unpublished novel Black Tornado by John Guedel. (When Guedel was eight years old, his father's factory was destroyed by a tornado.[2])

In July 1942, Pine-Thomas announced they would make a film of the novel starring their regular male leads, Richard Arlen and Chester Morris, plus Sylvia Sidney.[3] In September 1942 they said Arlen would make the film, which had the working title of Cyclone, after he finished Aerial Gunner.[4] Then in March 1943 it was announced as a vehicle for Morris only, as Black Tornado.[5]

Gail Russell was going to play the role of Sally but then was called in to replace Diana Lynn in a Harry Aldrich film, Henry Aldrich Gets Glamour (1943). Russell was replaced by Gwen Kenyon.[6] Bill Henry was signed off the back of his performance in Pine-Thomas' Alaskan Highway.[7] He later signed a long-term contract with Pine-Thomas.[8]

Nancy Kelly was cast in the female lead. She sang two songs, "Who Done It" and "There Goes My Dream", with music by Frank Loesser and lyrics by Hoagy Carmichael and Frederick Hollander respectively.[9]

Filming took place in April 1943.[10] After the film, Morris signed a deal with Pine Thomas to make three more movies for the company.[11]


  1. ^ "Tornado". Monthly Film Bulletin. 10 (109). London. Jan 1, 1943. p. 126.
  2. ^ Vosburgh, Dick (Dec 31, 2001). "Obituary: John Guedel". The Independent. p. 10.
  3. ^ Parsons, Louella O. (July 18, 1942). "Para. Playing for a Repeater". The Washington Post. p. 14.
  4. ^ "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD". New York Times. Sep 29, 1942. p. 19.
  5. ^ "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD". New York Times. Mar 3, 1943. p. 19.
  6. ^ Scott, John L. (Mar 12, 1943). "SCREEN AND STAGE: Andy Hardy Gets Into More Romantic Trouble". Los Angeles Times. p. 14.
  7. ^ "Whole City Immortalized". Los Angeles Times. Mar 9, 1943. p. 13.
  8. ^ "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD". New York Times. Mar 8, 1943. p. 11.
  9. ^ Schallert, Edwin (Mar 13, 1943). "DRAMA AND FILM". Los Angeles Times. p. A7.
  10. ^ "BEFORE THE CAMERAS". Los Angeles Times. Apr 11, 1943. p. C2.
  11. ^ "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD". New York Times. Mar 16, 1943. p. 14.

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