Tornado (film)

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Directed by William A. Berke
Written by Maxwell Shane
Based on novel Black Tornado by John Guedel
Starring Chester Morris
Nancy Kelly
Music by Freddie Rich
Cinematography Fred Jackman, Jr.
Edited by William H. Ziegler
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
August 1943
Running time
130 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Tornado is a 1943 film starring Chester Morris and Nancy Kelly. The movie was directed by William A. Berke.[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's lives in danger.



It was based on the novel Black Tornado by John Cuedel. Pine-Thomas originally announced the film as a vehicle for Richard Arlen in September 1942 with the working title of Cyclone.[2] Then in March 1943 it was announced as a vehicle for Chester Morris.[3]

Gail Russell was going to play the role of Sally but then was called in to replace Diana Lynn in a Harry Aldrich film. Russell was replaced by Gwen Kenyon.[4] Bill Henry was signed off the back of his performance in Pine-Thomas' Alaskan Highway.[5]

Nancy Kelly was cast in the female lead. She sung two songs, "Who Done It" and "There Goes My Dream" both by Frank Loesser with lyrics by Hoagy Carmichael and Frederick Hollander respectively.[6]

Filming took place in April 1943. After the film, Morris signed a deal with Pine Thomas to make three more movies for the company.[7]


  1. ^ Tornado Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 10, Iss. 109, (Jan 1, 1943): 126
  2. ^ SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD New York Times 29 Sep 1942: 19.
  3. ^ SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD New York Times 3 Mar 1943: 19.
  4. ^ SCREEN AND STAGE: Andy Hardy Gets Into More Romantic Trouble Scott, John L. Los Angeles Times 12 Mar 1943: 14.
  5. ^ Whole City Immortalized Los Angeles Times 9 Mar 1943: 13.
  6. ^ DRAMA AND FILM Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 13 Mar 1943: A7.
  7. ^ SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD New York Times 16 Mar 1943: 14.

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