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The Burning Cross (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 1 September 1947 (USA)
Johnny, who is a returning veteran unable to adjust to his old life in his home town, succumbs to the pitch of a Ku Klux Klan organizer. It is only after he has worn the Klan sheet, and ... See full summary »

Director:

Walter Colmes

Writer:

Aubrey Wisberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry H. Daniels Jr. ... Johnny Larimer (as Hank Daniels)
Virginia Patton ... Doris Green
Dick Rich Dick Rich ... Lud Harris
Betty Roadman Betty Roadman ... Agatha Larimer
Raymond Bond Raymond Bond ... Chester Larimer
Matt Willis ... Mort Dauson - the Grand Dragon
John Doucette ... Toby Mason
Alexander Pope Alexander Pope ... Howard Gibbons
Joel Fluellen Joel Fluellen ... Charlie West
Giovanni Fostini Giovanni Fostini ... Tony Areni (as John Fostini)
Walden Boyle Walden Boyle ... Investigator Walter Strickland
Richard Bailey ... Eddie Pelham (as Dick Bailey)
Jack Shutta Jack Shutta ... Police Lt. Ira Hill
Ross Elliott ... The Combative Striker
Herb Vigran ... Jim Todd - Foreman
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Johnny, who is a returning veteran unable to adjust to his old life in his home town, succumbs to the pitch of a Ku Klux Klan organizer. It is only after he has worn the Klan sheet, and gone out on some raids, that he begins to realize what he has let himself in for; he is filled with horror and remorse when he sees the homes of neighbors burned, an old friend who defies the Klan killed, and his own wheel-chair father badly beaten. He meets with the State prosecutor, admits his own participation, and agrees to help bring down the Klan in his town. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Det flammende kors See more »

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in Mighty Manhattan, New York's Wonder City (1949) See more »

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Movie about KKK seen in segregated Alabama theater
19 April 2008 | by peggyholdenSee all my reviews

This movie was memorable for me for several reasons. I was 8 years old when I saw it, certainly had never before heard of the Klu Klux Klan, and lived in a part of the country with almost no Black population. (In third grade, we tried to convince a new boy from Hawaii, with straight black hair, that he was a Negro, because he had dark skin and we truly didn't know what Negroes looked like.) Beyond the story, which made a vivid impression, I saw this while visiting a cousin in Alabama, in a segregated theater where "Negroes" had a separate entrance and had to sit in the balcony where no whites were allowed. This background made the story very real for me and was as influential in my thinking as "To Kill a Mockingbird" was for a later generation.


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