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Rita Adams
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Mickey Roman
Linda Ware ...
Donna Andrews
John Archer ...
Bob Elliott
Vince Barnett ...
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 ...
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George Pembroke ...
Clarence DeWitt
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Kenneth Harlan ...
Jim Adams
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Attorney Bruce King
Stephen Chase ...
Detective Joe Kent (as Alden Chase)
Robert Strange ...
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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Agent Sue Carol had two clients, Philip Trent and future husband Alan Ladd, cast in the film. Ladd was to portray a playboy while Trent has a showier role as an undercover agent masquerading as his gangster double. Carol arranged to have them switch parts. Shortly after, Paramount signed Ladd to a contract and he was cast as the professional killer in "This Gun for Hire." See more »

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Blue Is the Day
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Joan Woodbury Works It
11 December 2008 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

As a young lass, beautiful Joan Woodbury (as Rita Adams) was orphaned, after her "stool pigeon" father was shot to death. As a young woman, Ms. Woodbury finds herself struggling to keep a job, as her murdered father's ex-convict status makes Woodbury a bad business risk. Woodbury rooms with understanding songstress Linda Ware (as Donna Andrews), who advises Woodbury to get in touch with old orphanage friends John Archer (as Bob Elliott) and Jack La Rue (as Mickey Roman). But, none of her friends can help when Woodbury is the victim of a scam, which lands her in prison. Upon release, Woodbury decides to give the male mobsters a run for their money…

Re-titled "Gangs, Inc.", this is an obviously weak, cheap mobster melodrama. Still, it's a lot of fun to watch Woodbury work wonders with inferior material. She plays the innocent growing more sophisticated "Rita" quite convincingly; and, she tosses in a great bit as a blonde hooker. Woodbury must be added to the list of unfortunately underutilized Hollywood actresses of the past. "Paper Bullets" also features an early Alan Ladd (as Jimmy Kelly aka Bill Dugan). Ms. Ware, who sang the hit "An Apple for the Teacher" with Bing Crosby, sings a couple of fair '40s numbers nicely. But, mainly, it's Woodbury's show.

**** Paper Bullets (1941) Phil Rosen ~ Joan Woodbury, Linda Ware, Alan Ladd


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