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Gang Bullets (1938)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 10 November 1938 (USA)
A ruthless but clever gangster who knows every loophole in the law has the tables turned by a dedicated District Attorney and his assistant.

Director:

Lambert Hillyer

Writer:

John T. Neville (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anne Nagel ... Patricia Wayne
Robert Kent ... John Carter
Charles Trowbridge ... Dexter Wayne
Morgan Wallace ... 'Big Bill' Anderson
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Chief Reardon
John T. Murray ... Horace Meade
Joseph Crehan ... Wallace
Benny Bartlett ... Billy Jones (as Bennie Bartlett)
John Merton ... Red Hampton
Roger Williams ... George Stanley
John Dilson ... Capt. Brown
Donald Kerr Donald Kerr ... Joe Armstrong
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A ruthless but clever gangster who knows every loophole in the law has the tables turned by a dedicated District Attorney and his assistant.

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Crime pays a big shot racketeer...until he tries to take over a great metropolis! (original print ad) See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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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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Bringing Down Another Rackets Boss
9 May 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Forced out of one city by some extralegal methods of one district attorney, gangster Morgan Wallace simply moves to another to set up shop. Wallace is into all kinds of illegal rackets and has the police and DA really stumped. The press is clamoring for DA Charles Trowbridge's scalp, a prospect not pleasing to Trowbridge's daughter Anne Nagel and her fiancé Robert Kent who is also Trowbridge's number one assistant.

Gang Bullets comes from out of Monogram Pictures so you can't expect too much and believe me you won't get it. The film has some interesting ideas that don't seem to follow up. At one point Wallace talks about building his racket by letting a few suckers win some big pots at his gambling establishment and then becoming advertisements. It sounded like an interesting film idea that is never followed up on. There's also an interlude where two of Wallace's henchmen bring a third wounded comrade into some woman's home with her 12 year old boy. It plays like a bit from another film entirely. In fact that whole premise was used later on with much greater effect in The Desperate Hours.

In the end Trowbridge goes to some extraordinary lengths to bring down Wallace. But even the end is rather anti-climatic.

Stuff like Gang Bullets was done so much better over at Warner Brothers.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Crooked Way See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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