Black Legion (1937)
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as Frank Taylor
as Ed Jackson
as Betty Grogan
as Ruth Taylor
as Pearl Davis
as Cliff Moore
as Prosecuting Attorney
as Mike Grogan
as Tommy Smith
as Alexander Hargrave
as Buddy Taylor
as Mrs. Grogan
as Joe Dombrowski
as Nick Strumpas
as Dr. Barham
as Old Man Dombrowski
as Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Critic Reviews for Black Legion
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.
One of the year's best pictures. In it Humphrey Bogart rises to the rank of Paul Muni and Spencer Tracy.
A pretty grim study of human society, which adults will find authentic, deplorable and well worthy of their attention.
A gripping social drama based on the newspaper headlines of the day.
Audience Reviews for Black Legion
Not a great movie, but still an undeniably important piece of anti-fascist American cinema.
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.
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.
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