|Directed by||William A. Berke|
|Written by||Maxwell Shane|
|Based on||Black Tornado|
by John Guedel
|Produced by||William H. Pine|
William C. Thomas
|Starring||Chester Morris |
|Cinematography||Fred Jackman Jr.|
|Edited by||William H. Ziegler|
|Music by||Freddie Rich|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
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.
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. In September 1942 they said Arlen would make the film, which had the working title of Cyclone, after he finished Aerial Gunner. Then in March 1943 it was announced as a vehicle for Morris only, as Black Tornado.
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. Bill Henry was signed off the back of his performance in Pine-Thomas' Alaskan Highway. He later signed a long-term contract with Pine-Thomas.
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.
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