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Big Bill Anderson:
...politician has one weak spot. Load your gun with votes and shoot him through the ballot box. You leave things to me. When I get through with this half-baked hamlet, it'll be a live city.
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Noble district attorney Charles Trowbridge (as Dexter Wayne) and young assistant Robert Kent (as John Carter) are put to task when racketeer Morgan Wallace (as "Big Bill" Anderson) moves his base of criminal operations to their law-abiding Bridgetown. With sharp lawyers and knowledge about his rights, Mr. Wallace proves to be a tough mobster to convict, and the town becomes riddled with scandal. Pretty Anne Nagel (as Patricia "Pat" Wayne), the fiancée of Mr. Kent and daughter of Mr. Trowbridge, is startled when Wallace's corruption gets too close for comfort...
This is a cheap, slow-moving crime drama from the "Monogram" company. The first interesting scene involves some rough interrogations - watch cameras keep rolling as Donald Kerr (as Joe Armstrong) gets his hat tossed onto the floor by a policeman. No retakes there. The highlight may be seeing young Bennie Bartlett (as Billy Jones), future "Bowery Boys" member, play a twelve-year-old who gets hit harder than most films of the era might allow. Top-billed Ms. Nagel isn't given very much to do. Trowbridge does what he can with the story's most interesting role.
**** Gang Bullets (11/10/38) Lambert Hillyer ~ Robert Kent, Anne Nagel, Charles Trowbridge, Morgan Wallace
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