Humphrey Bogart is absolutely fantastic in this movie about the birth of a fascist movement in pre-WWII United States. Incredible how certain sentences delivered by the founder of this movement sound very modern to our ears because we can hear them nowadays pronounced by some of our political leaders on TV. I also liked the night gowns worn by the courageous members of the Black Legion. Very Marvel like. A discovery.
The becoming of a right-winged extremist and how capitalistic needs enforce envy, racism and murder. The story is all too familiar and relevance today is unmistakably clear, like crystal. Should be seen and taught.
Tonally sickening film where Bogie (in his first starring role) joins the KKK and struggles against his own conscience - the Code mandates disaster. In a way, it's rather timely (and therefore timeless), but it's not a pleasant experience. Bogie's losing his all-American family is like watching Ward Cleaver planning hate crimes.
A film with a right message, delivered very nicely. Bogart goves a great performance (in his first starring role) as a lost worker, trying to find the scapegoat for his work troubles. What a sad beautiful face he had!
A not so happy happy-end was rather smart.
P.S. That kid was a lousy actor.