Black Legion

May 9, 2017 - Comment

Frank Taylor and people like him have a vision for America. It is a vision shaped by terror and fueled by fear ignorance and hate – a nation of “free white 100-percent Americans!” In his first lead role in a major movie Humphrey Bogart portrays Taylor reuniting with the director of The Petrified Forest for

Frank Taylor and people like him have a vision for America. It is a vision shaped by terror and fueled by fear ignorance and hate – a nation of “free white 100-percent Americans!” In his first lead role in a major movie Humphrey Bogart portrays Taylor reuniting with the director of The Petrified Forest for this powerful tale of a white supremacist group. Threats surrounded the making of the film but the studio persisted creating a bold torn-from-the-headlines expose selected as one of 1937’s 10 Best Films by the National Board of Review. The movie also fanned controversy for months after its release. “Black Legion will not stay in its place as cinema fiction” The New York Times’ Frank Nugent wrote.”It strikes too hard too deep and too close to the mark.” Year: 1936 Director: Archie Mayo Starring: Humphrey Bogart Dick Foran Erin O’Brien-Moore Special Feature: Original Theatrical Trailer B&w/83 Mins.Running Time: 83 min.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA/CLASSICS UPC: 883929002757 Manufacturer No: 1000035752

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Alfred R. Gray says:

The more things change, the more they stay the same. The Black Legion, for the time it was made, was a courageous film. Yes, Hollywood was and still is misogynist and racist, still concerned with its majority audience which is in history denial. Yet, it wants to tell the world that it represents a sensibility and humanism that is superior to the rest of the world. Still, there is that ugly truth always there, the elephant in the room. So the movie sinks to a level of evocative fantasy and truth denial which render the film very much caught…

jmcookie says:

Good drama movie! Good drama movie! This is a movie and as movies should be, made for entertainment. The message in this movie is a good one that all people living in this country are protected by the constitution and bill of rights, which includes freedom of religion and free speech. What worries me these days are those who want to start infringing on religious freedoms and free speech by calling certain speech hate crimes and discrimination against those of differing sexual preferences.This is very bad and…

Annie Van Auken says:

A Klan robe by any other name would still smell as bad The subject of BLACK LEGION (1937) remains relevant today.Here, Humphrey Bogart is Frank Taylor, a factory machine operator who has a reasonable expectation that he’ll be named the new shop foreman– he’s got the senority and experience. When a man named Dombrowski with less time in than him is chosen, Frank is not only disappointed, but angry. He’s approached by a co-worker who suggests he should join a special society of “Americans for America.”The “Black Legion” is…

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