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Frank Taylor and people like him have a vision for America. It is a vision shaped by terror and fueled by fear ignorance and hate - a nation of "free white 100-percent Americans!" In his first lead role in a major movie Humphrey Bogart portrays Taylor reuniting with the director of The Petrified Forest for this powerful tale of a white supremacist group. Threats surrounded the making of the film but the studio persisted creating a bold torn-from-the-headlines expose selected as one of 1937's 10 Best Films by the National Board of Review. The movie also fanned controversy for months after its release. "Black Legion will not stay in its place as cinema fiction" The New York Times' Frank Nugent wrote."It strikes too hard too deep and too close to the mark." Year: 1936 Director: Archie Mayo Starring: Humphrey Bogart Dick Foran Erin O'Brien-Moore Special Feature: Original Theatrical Trailer B&w/83 Mins.Running Time: 83 min.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA/CLASSICS UPC: 883929002757 Manufacturer No: 1000035752
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Here, Humphrey Bogart is Frank Taylor, a factory machine operator who has a reasonable expectation that he'll be named the new shop foreman-- he's got the senority and experience. When a man named Dombrowski with less time in than him is chosen, Frank is not only disappointed, but angry. He's approached by a co-worker who suggests he should join a special society of "Americans for America."
The "Black Legion" is very much like the KKK. Surrounded by hooded men in an outdoor night time ceremony, Taylor takes an oath "to the death," then pays his dues and buys the requisite robe and Legion revolver. (Note: this is a very accurate depiction of the Klan in early 20th Century America-- a pyramidal business concern where a major percentage of all dues and monies raised from uniform and equipment sales were distributed to national, state and local chapter leaders.)
First his new associates destroy the Dombroski farm and send the family packing on a train. Later, they commit other atrocities in the name of "Real Americans." Taylor's marriage begins to fall apart. Guilt-stricken by what he's become, Frank wants to withdraw his membership but is refused under penalty of violence. Then, his best friend learns about the several crimes committed by the Black Legion and threatens to go to the police......
Watch for Frank Nelson as the uncredited radio announcer. For 15 years, Nelson was a regular on the Jack Benny Program, playing unctuous salesmen, floorwalkers and the like.
"Black Legion" is also available on DVD
In 1937, Bogart also appeared in the screen adaptation of DEAD END, a stageplay he appeared in with the Dead End Kids. (VHS edition) (DVD edition)
Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 viewer poll rating found at a film resource website.
(6.8) Back Legion (1937) - Humphrey Bogart/Dick Foran/Erin O'Brien-Moore/Ann Sheridan/Helen Flint/Joe Sawyer/Clifford Soubier/Dickie Jones/John Litel (uncredited: Frank Nelson)
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"The names in this drama are all fictitious." But it is based on real crimes.Read more