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Bullets or Ballots (1936)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 6 June 1936 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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

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Early in the film while Johnny Blake (Robinson) is sitting at a table with Joan Blondell talking, one of the old "Mugs" he'd sent to sing sing prison walks over to him and smarts off. Without standing, he trips the mug with his leg and punches him to the floor. While leaning over and chastising the unconscious mug you can see that Blake's (Robinson) hair has moved forward on the right side and is messed up. In the next shot when he leans back up to the table to talk to Joan Blondell his hair is perfectly neat and combed. See more »

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Johnny Blake: You like me pretty well. Well, that goes both ways.
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Featured in Hollywood and the Stars: The Man Called Bogart (1963) See more »

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The Lady in Red
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Allie Wrubel
Whistled by Edward G. Robinson
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Pedestrian except for Robinson.
5 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is a typical Warner Bros gangster film of the 1930's but is certainly not one of the best. Indifferently directed and written, with an occasional gem piece of dialogue, and with a lack-lustre supporting cast, the film is held together by the resplendent Edward G Robinson. His final moments in the film are unforgettable. The very young and handsome Bogart is effective as the villain, and Blondell has an occasional moment of wry humour, although her role is very dull. Not bad, not good.


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