MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 865 this week

Black Legion (1937)

7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 1,497 users  
Reviews: 34 user | 15 critic

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.

Directors:

(as Archie L. Mayo) , (uncredited)

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 36 titles
created 21 Jun 2011
 
a list of 35 titles
created 31 Mar 2012
 
list image
a list of 26 titles
created 27 Jun 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 13 Jul 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 10 Mar 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Black Legion" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Black Legion (1937)

Black Legion (1937) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Black Legion.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Ex-convict Danny Kean decides to become honest as a photographer for a paper. He falls in love with Patricia, the daughter of the policeman who arrested him. Mr Nolan, her father, doesn't ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: James Cagney, Ralph Bellamy, Patricia Ellis
Up the River (1930)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When paroled trustee Steve and former inmate Judy who try to put their criminal lives behind them are blackmailed, two career criminals come to their rescue.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Claire Luce, Warren Hymer
Tokyo Joe (1949)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An American returns to Tokyo try to pick up threads of his pre-WW2 life there, but finds himself squeezed between criminals and the authorities.

Director: Stuart Heisler
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Alexander Knox, Florence Marly
Virginia City (1940)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Union officer Kerry Bradford escapes from Confederate Prison and is set to Virginia City in Nevada. Once there he finds that the former commander of his prison Vance Irby is planning to send $5 million in gold to save the Confederacy.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Errol Flynn, Miriam Hopkins, Randolph Scott
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Marines Flagg and Quirt fought together in WWI and Panama. After some time in New York they go to Sweden and compete for the love of Else. Next they go to Nicaragua and help earthquake ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Victor McLaglen, Edmund Lowe, Greta Nissen
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After crooked nightclub owner Chips Maguire murders a police informant, he blackmails his piano player to allow him to stay at his eccentric mother's boarding house.

Director: Lewis Seiler
Stars: Ann Sheridan, Humphrey Bogart, Jeffrey Lynn
Smart Money (1931)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Immigrant Greek barber has uncommon skills in playing poker and soon rises in the seedy world of illegal gambling, but pretty blondes remain his Achilles' heel.

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Evalyn Knapp
History | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

McCord's gang robs the stage carrying money to pay Indians for their land, and the notorious outlaw "The Oklahoma Kid" Jim Kincaid takes the money from McCord. McCord stakes a "sooner" ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Rosemary Lane
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A hotshot reporter and a young doctor team up to investigate a series of grisly murders and a mysterious sample of synthetic blood.

Director: Vincent Sherman
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Rosemary Lane, Wayne Morris
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Marianne falls in love with con man Valentine who uses their relation to get her father's endorsement on a money-raising scheme. He runs off with the money and Marianne, later dumping her. ... See full summary »

Director: Hobart Henley
Stars: Conrad Nagel, Sidney Fox, Bette Davis
Love Affair (1932)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Heiress Carol Owen learns to fly from aeronautical engineer Jim Leonard who begins neglecting his work as their affair progresses. Things get complicated when she learns her father died ... See full summary »

Director: Thornton Freeland
Stars: Dorothy Mackaill, Humphrey Bogart, Hale Hamilton
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Seventy-two hours in the life of Indiana man Bud who inherits money and heads for New York City where his cousin Gibbony introduces him to chorus girl Vida for whom he falls. When a girl is... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Joan Blondell, Eric Linden, Jobyna Howland
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Frank Taylor
Dick Foran ...
Ed Jackson
Erin O'Brien-Moore ...
Ruth Taylor
...
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
...
Tommy Smith
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 January 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La legión negra  »

Box Office

Budget:

$235,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was inspired by a real case involving a racist/nativist organization called The Black Legion in Michigan, in which a WPA worker was murdered. See more »

Goofs

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 ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

Version of Legion of Terror (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Fair and Warmer
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Frank turns on the radio at home
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
One of the Best of Bogey's Early Films
8 May 2000 | by (Gloucester, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

The Black Legion is significant in the career of Humphrey Bogart. This film is the first time he played the lead in an "A" feature. The film is also a great showcase for his acting talents.

In this film Bogey's character, Frank Taylor, moves from a happily married family man, to a man filled with hate and finally to a man remorseful for the trouble he has brought upon himself and others.

When Frank Taylor loses an expected promotion to a "foreigner", he becomes disillusioned and is coerced by a co-worker (Joseph Sawyer) into joining a secretive hate and Klu Klux Klan like organization called The Black Legion. Despite pleas from his wife (Erin O'Brien-Moore) and best friend (Dick Foran), Taylor continues his terrorist activities leading to the inevitable tragic consequences.

The subject of prejudice and hate organizations in a major studio production was quite daring for the 30s, given the introduction of the Production Code only a few years earlier. It still delivers a powerful message today.

The Black Legion remains one of the best of Bogey's early films.


16 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD Release-- March 25, 2008 dnscal
what I thought was silliest part dr4sight
Missed the point excaliber208
Bogart vs Raft, No Contest jrl0726
Discuss Black Legion (1937) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?