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Paper Bullets (1941)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 13 June 1941 (USA)
Circumstances force naive Dorothy Adams into serving an unjust prison term, but she emerges from it a cynical criminal who rises to power in the local crime organization.

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Cast

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Rita Adams
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Mickey Roman
Linda Ware ...
Donna Andrews
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Bob Elliott
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Scribbler, a Petty Forger
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Jimmy Kelly aka Bill Dugan
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Kurt Parrish
Phillip Trent ...
Harold DeWitt
William Halligan ...
Police Chief Flynn
George Pembroke ...
Clarence DeWitt
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District Attorney
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Jim Adams
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Attorney Bruce King
Stephen Chase ...
Detective Joe Kent (as Alden Chase)
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Lou Wood
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Afterseeking revenge for her boyfriend, Joan Woodbury finds herself in jail on a hit-and-run charge. Ladd plays an undercover reporter doubling for a notorious gangster. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Every ballot ... a vote for murder!


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13 June 1941 (USA)  »

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Crime, Inc.  »

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1.37 : 1
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This was re-released under the title 'Gangs, Inc.' with 'Alan Ladd' moved to the top of the initial cast listing with his name in larger letters than the other people on the list. In the final credits, he remained in his original position. See more »

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Norman Winter (Vocal teacher for Linda Ware) See more »

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Blue Is the Day
by Maurice King (as Maurice Kozinsky), Johnny Lange and Lew Porter
Performed by Linda Ware
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Film Noir without tension
25 April 2003 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

My question is what was the worst element of this movie? Was it the acting? directing? script?. Maybe it was the waste of Alan Ladd and Jack LaRue. LaRue and, especially, Ladd are capable of bringing extreme sinisterness to a role. In this movie, it was hard to tell who the bad guy was. Granted, Ladd was playing an undercover good guy, but even in his good guy roles, he could be very chilling. So, the net result was a potentially good movie bereft of any feeling of conflict.


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