Warners has taken yesterday’s headlines and fashioned a melodrama which gives the emotions a rough going over.
The action [from a story by Robert Lord] includes floggings, the burning of a chicken farm, destruction of a drugstore, a neophyte’s taking of the oath of allegiance amid a woodland gathering of the clan, and the behind-the-scene machinations of the Michigan hooded order’s promoters, ex-phoney stock salesmen.
Humphrey Bogart is the pacemaker of a smartly selected cast and lays down a telling performance. His is the role of a young workman in a large machine-making plant who, out of disappointment at losing the foremanship to another with a non-American name, joins the hooded order and eventually degenerates into becoming its murderous tool. His wife (Erin O’Brien-Moore) leaves him when he violently resents her probing into his marauding activities.
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Almost equally impressive is the job done by Nick Foran as Bogart’s factory sidekick, but antagonist of the Legion.