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Bullets or Ballots

Bullets or Ballots
Movie: Bullets or Ballots(1936)[tt0027407] After police captain, McLaren becomes commissioner, former detective Johnny Blake knocks him down convincing rackets boss Al Kruger that Blake's sincere in his effort to join the mob. "Buggs" Fenner thinks Blake is a police agent. Written byEd Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>
Title Bullets or Ballots
Release Date 6 June 1936 (USA)
Runtime
Genres Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
Production Companies Warner Bros.
Edward G. Robinson
Edward G. Robinson...
Johnny Blake...
Joan Blondell
Joan Blondell...
Lee Morgan...
Barton MacLane
Barton MacLane...
Al Kruger...
Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart...
'Bugs' Fenner...
Frank McHugh
Frank McHugh...
Herman...
Joe King
Joe King...
Capt. Dan McLaren ...
Dick Purcell
Dick Purcell...
Ed Driscoll (as ...
George E. Stone
George E. Stone...
Wires Kagel...
Joseph Crehan
Joseph Crehan...
Grand Jury Spokesman...
Henry O'Neill
Henry O'Neill...
Ward Bryant...
Henry Kolker
Henry Kolker...
Mr. Hollister...
Gilbert Emery
Gilbert Emery...
Mr. Thorndyke...
Herbert Rawlinson
Herbert Rawlinson...
Mr. Caldwell...
Louise Beavers
Louise Beavers...
Nellie LaFleur...
Norman Willis
Norman Willis...
Louie Vinci...

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blanche-2 on 10 December 2009
Edward G. Robinson stars as a tough detective, based on a real character, in "Bullets or Ballots," a 1936 film also starring Joan Blondell, Humphrey Bogart, Barton MacLane, and Frank McHugh.Robinson plays Johnny Blake, modeled after a real police officer, Johnny Broderick, who worked in New York City. As in the film, the character has a highly public firing so he can work with an organized crime group running illegal games.Bogart plays an ambitious gang member who intends to get rid of anyone in his way of taking over the organization - he starts with a newspaperman and goes from there.Warners made such great use of its character actors, using their versatility to great advantage. Cagney, Robinson, Bogart, all started out as villains but branched out into other kinds of roles.Strong performances by Robinson and Bogart - a good gangster flick.

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