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Black Legion (1937)




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Though this brutal, gripping social drama is based on actual headlines from the 1930s, the story is still disturbingly relevant as it follows the descent of an embittered autoworker who gets involved with a deadly racist organization after a Polish immigrant receives the promotion he thought he deserved.

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Humphrey Bogart
as Frank Taylor
Dick Foran
as Ed Jackson
Ann Sheridan
as Betty Grogan
Erin O'Brien-Moore
as Ruth Taylor
Helen Flint
as Pearl Davis
Joe Sawyer
as Cliff Moore
Addison Richards
as Prosecuting Attorney
Eddie Acuff
as Metcalf
Clifford Soubier
as Mike Grogan
Paul Harvey
as Billings
John Litel
as Tommy Smith
Alonzo Price
as Alexander Hargrave
Dick Jones
as Buddy Taylor
Dorothy Vaughan
as Mrs. Grogan
Henry Brandon
as Joe Dombrowski
Pat C. Flick
as Nick Strumpas
Paul Stanton
as Dr. Barham
Egon Brecher
as Old Man Dombrowski
Frank Nelson
as Radio Announcer (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Black Legion

All Critics (5)

The Warner Bros. film, directed by Archie Mayo and an uncredited Michael Curtiz, is a gripping depiction of the organization's thuggery and violence and their devastating social and personal impact.

February 11, 2021 | Full Review…

One of the year's best pictures. In it Humphrey Bogart rises to the rank of Paul Muni and Spencer Tracy.

April 22, 2020 | Full Review…

A pretty grim study of human society, which adults will find authentic, deplorable and well worthy of their attention.

October 9, 2019 | Full Review…

A gripping social drama based on the newspaper headlines of the day.

February 19, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

An interesting example of Hollywood message movies of the 30s and a curious snapshot of a star on the rise.

April 5, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Black Legion

Not a great movie, but still an undeniably important piece of anti-fascist American cinema.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

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This movie is a realistic, but boring drama about a man who joins the kkk because he looses his job and blames it on foreigners. He later realizes it was a bad idea when he kills his friend. It's a pretty simple story, and Bogart does give a good performance, but it's not all that interesting.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Black Legion is one of the 30s Warner Bros. movies that had to have been based off a newspaper or magazine article and played up with a heavy-handed but relevant message. The story's kind of silly in an exaggerated (even if it is just) way and Humphrey Bogart's acting is a bit hokey (although not as bad as the kid who played his son.) You're never going to find Black Legion on any essential Bogart list but It's not a bad watch considering he's not playing a gangster before he became a leading man.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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