Though this brutal, gripping social drama is based on actual headlines from the 1930s, the story is still disturbingly relevant as it follows the descent of an embittered autoworker who gets involved with a deadly racist organization after… More Though this brutal, gripping social drama is based on actual headlines from the 1930s, the story is still disturbingly relevant as it follows the descent of an embittered autoworker who gets involved with a deadly racist organization after a Polish immigrant receives the promotion he thought he deserved. This is also one of Bogart's first starring roles. He joins black-robe-wearing, KKK clone, the Black Legion, a secret group devoted to keeping all foreigners out of the US. Once he joins, his first task is to get the immigrants out of town. Bogart does this by burning down the immigrant's house. Soon afterward, he gets his promotion and is able to buy new things for his family. Unfortunately, he begins spending more and more time working for the Legion, which takes him away from his family. The more he does for the Legion, the worse his home life gets, until a violent confrontation ensues and his wife and kids leave. Afterward, Bogart takes up with a sleazy woman and continues to drink heavily. His best friend is terribly worried and tries to help out. One drunken night, Bogart tells his friend all about the Legion and their brutal secret activities. The morning after, the hung-over Bogie, afraid his friend will turn him in, comes clean to the Legion leader who abducts the friend. After a struggle, the leader gives orders for Bogart's friend to be shot. Bogey draws his gun and tragedy ensues.