This week on Trailers from Hell, Joe Dante talks about Archie Mayo’s controversial 1937 film “Black Legion,” starring Humphrey Bogart.
One of the more provocative entries in Warner Bros.’ line of socially conscious potboilers, “Black Legion” is based on the real events surrounding a murderous splinter group of the Ku Klux Klan that, though numbering only around 30,000 members, still managed to rattle the nerves of a large portion of the populace in the late thirties. Humphrey Bogart stars as the ill-fated pawn of the black-hooded vigilantes and he’s supported by Warner Bros.’ favorite gum-cracking girlfriend, Ann Sheridan, along with future Universal contractor Dick Foran as his best friend. Directed by Archie Mayo with some uncredited help from Michael Curtiz. From the Believe It or Not Dept., the Ku Klux Klan sued Warners for using their patented logo in the film.