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.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Lord, William Wister Haines, Abem Finkel
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 25, 2008


as Frank Taylor

as Ed Jackson

as Betty Grogan

as Ruth Taylor

as Pearl Davis

as Cliff Moore

as Prosecuting Attorney

as Metcalf

as Mike Grogan

as Billings

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 (unc...

as Joe Dombrowski
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Critic Reviews for Black Legion

All Critics (1)

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

Full Review… | April 5, 2008

Audience Reviews for Black Legion

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

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

Super Reviewer


Wow, what a great Bogart performance, excellent story. Intense, well directed, not too long and has a great pace. Good supporting cast, snappy dialogue. Fine classic crime drama.

James Higgins

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