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Bullets or Ballots (1936)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 6 June 1936 (USA)
After Police Captain Dan McLaren becomes police commissioner former detective Johnny Blake knocks him down convincing rackets boss Al Kruger that Blake is sincere in his effort to join the ... See full summary »

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'Bugs' Fenner
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Herman
Joe King ...
Capt. Dan McLaren (as Joseph King)
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Ed Driscoll (as Richard Purcell)
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Wires Kagel
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Grand Jury Spokesman
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Ward Bryant
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Mr. Hollister
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Mr. Thorndyke
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Mr. Caldwell
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Nellie LaFleur
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Louie Vinci
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After Police Captain Dan McLaren becomes police commissioner former detective Johnny Blake knocks him down convincing rackets boss Al Kruger that Blake is sincere in his effort to join the mob. "Buggs" Fenner thinks Blake is a police agent. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Can we bust this brain trust behind the crime trust? (Trade paper ad). See more »


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Balas o votos  »

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Most of the cars that characters are shown driving or riding in are 1936 Dodges. See more »

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When Johnny Blake and the cop on horseback get into a fight, after the fight is broken up, the cop isn't wearing his badge. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Hollister: I'd still look around if I were you, Mr. Kruger, because if you make just one more mistake, you're through.
Al Kruger: What do you mean, through?
Mr. Hollister: There's just one way to interpret it. That's all, Mr. Kruger.
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Featured in Great Performances: Bacall on Bogart (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

The Lady in Red
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Allie Wrubel
Whistled by Edward G. Robinson
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More Gab Then Guns
18 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The ridiculous title aside, this is an OK gangster film with more gab then guns, although there is an edge to the execution and display.

The script is interesting in a behind the scenes kind of way that lets us in on the money machines and political corruption that is Warners trademark of message movies. The attraction here is the two stars and the modern fascination with these actors and their tough guy personas and they don't disappoint.

This film is more sanitized and sterile then the best of the gangster films (as the newly defined Hays Code forced tricky gymnastic presentations of the seedy and the sultry). But the studio professionals were up to the task and a "new" type of underworld uncovering emerged on the screen. For better or worse.


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