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40 Ratings

Black Legion

United States, 1937
Drama, Crime


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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Black Legion Directed by Archie Mayo, Michael Curtiz

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1938 | Nominee: Best Writing, Original Story

National Board of Review

1937 | Winner: Top Ten Films

What are people saying?

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Black Legion

    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_mentaculus's rating of the film Black Legion

    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.

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