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Black Legion (1937)

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When a hard-working machinist loses a promotion to a Polish-born worker, he is seduced into joining the secretive Black Legion, which intimidates foreigners through violence.

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(as Archie L. Mayo) , (uncredited)

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(screen play), (screen play), 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Frank Taylor
Dick Foran ...
Ed Jackson
Erin O'Brien-Moore ...
Ruth Taylor
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Betty Grogan
Helen Flint ...
Pearl Davis
Joe Sawyer ...
Cliff Moore (as Joseph Sawyer)
Clifford Soubier ...
Mike Grogan
Alonzo Price ...
Alf Hargrave
Paul Harvey ...
Billings
Dickie Jones ...
Buddy Taylor
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Judge (as Samuel Hinds)
Addison Richards ...
Prosecuting Attorney
Eddie Acuff ...
Metcalf
Dorothy Vaughan ...
Mrs. Grogan
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Tommy Smith
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Storyline

Frank Taylor joins the "pro-American" Black Legion when he loses his chance at foremanship to a foreign-born man. The organization is a sort of Ku Klux Klan in the industrial sphere. Frank has troubles with his wife over this and causes serious trouble when he tells all to his best friend Ed Jackson. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Release Date:

30 January 1937 (USA)  »

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Black Legion  »

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Budget:

$235,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The movie that Betty and Ed go to see early in the film, "All For Love", is not an actual movie. However, the posters for other films outside the theater are for actual Warner Brothers pictures: Bengal Tiger (1936), Jailbreak (1936), Public Enemy's Wife (1936) and The Big Noise (1936). See more »

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The movie end credits list the name of the character played by Helen Flint as "Pearl Davis" but throughout the movie - particularly during her courtroom testimony - her character is referred to as "Pearl Danvers." See more »

Quotes

Cliff Moore: Read!
Frank Taylor: [reading the Black Legion oath] In the name of God and the Devil, one to reward and the other to punish, and by the powers of light and darkness, good and evil, here under the black arch of Heaven's avenging symbol, I pledge and consecrate my heart, my brain, my body, and my limbs and swear by all the powers of Heaven and Hell to devote my life to the obedience of my superiors and that no danger or peril shall deter me from executin' dere orders. That I will exert every possible means in ...
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References Jailbreak (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Been Working on the Railroad
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung a cappella by Helen Flint and Humphrey Bogart
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Over 60 years old but, sadly, still topical
2 April 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Frank (Humphrey Bogart), a factory worker, is passed over on a promotion that goes to a Polish man. In anger, he joins the Black Legion (basically the Ku Klux Klan) to punish all foreigners for taking jobs from "true Americans". The story has been done since, but this one is well-made, quick (82 min.), well-acted (Bogart is great and looks so young!) and still powerful. The film isn't perfect (I could have lived without the closing sermon) but still worth seeing. It's also real sad to realize that a film over 60 years old about racism is still relevant.


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