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Nation Aflame (1937)

Approved | | Drama | 16 October 1937 (USA)
Believing they can make a ton of money, a gang of opportunists uses the country's racial and ethnic tensions to start a Ku Klux Klan-type organization.


Victor Halperin


Thomas Dixon Jr. (story) (as Thomas Dixon Author of 'Birth of a Nation'), Oliver Drake (story & screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Noel Madison ... Frank Sandino
Norma Trelvar Norma Trelvar ... Wynne Adams
Lila Lee ... Mona Franklin Burtis
Douglas Walton ... Tommy Franklin
Harry Holman ... Roland Adams
Arthur Singley Arthur Singley ... District Attorney Robert Sherman
'Snub' Pollard ... Edgar Wolfe (as Snub Pollard)
Earle Hodgins ... Wilson (as Earl Hodgins)
Si Wills ... Walker
Roger Williams ... David Burtis
Allan Cavan Allan Cavan ... Harry Warren (as Alan Cavan)
Dorothy Kildaire Dorothy Kildaire ... Toots Burtis
Elaine Deane Elaine Deane ... Maria
Lee Phelps Lee Phelps ... Bennett
C. Montague Shaw ... President of the United States


Frank Sandino (Noel Madison), a suave, smooth confidence man, and his henchies are about to be run out of town on a fake real estate scheme, but his oratory skills soon has the town rubes in a buying frenzy. Sandino and Roland Adams (Harry Holman), portly and trusty-looking front man for Sandino, form an Avenging Angels league to rid America of foreigners, and plan to make a fortune selling robes to the members. Sandino decides to adopt the name of Sands for this escapade. They return to a town in which Adams was once the mayor, and find that Adams' daughter, Wynne (Norma Trelvar), is busy entertaining a host of friends at a party she is giving for her fiancee District Attorney Bob Sherman (Arthur Singley.) Once installed in the town, with the aid of the trusted Adams, Sands soon has gathered a flock of potential members for the Avenging Angels. He initiates them by forcing them to kneel while he holds a revolver at their head and forces them to take the oath that carries death as the... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. See more »

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16 October 1937 (USA) See more »

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