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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.


Phil Rosen


Martin Mooney (story and screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Woodbury ... Rita Adams
Jack La Rue ... Mickey Roman
Linda Ware Linda Ware ... Donna Andrews
John Archer ... Bob Elliott
Vince Barnett ... Scribbler, a Petty Forger
Alan Ladd ... Jimmy Kelly aka Bill Dugan
Gavin Gordon ... Kurt Parrish
Phillip Trent ... Harold DeWitt
William Halligan William Halligan ... Police Chief Flynn
George Pembroke George Pembroke ... Clarence DeWitt
Selmer Jackson ... District Attorney
Kenneth Harlan ... Jim Adams
Bryant Washburn ... Attorney Bruce King
Stephen Chase ... Detective Joe Kent (as Alden Chase)
Robert Strange ... Lou Wood


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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Release Date:

13 June 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gang War See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »

Crazy Credits

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


Blue Is the Day
by Maurice King (as Maurice Kozinsky), Johnny Lange and Lew Porter
Performed by Linda Ware
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11 June 2005 | by gluba2000See all my reviews

I couldn't make heads or tails out of this terrible film noir.

The plot was confusing, the acting was alright, but the picture quality was awful! Though I bought this at a "Gansters Double Pack" (8 movies on two discs) at WalMart for $5.50 and when you put the DVD in, it apologizes for the awful picture quality that some of the movies may have.

The plot was flip flopping everywhere I couldn't understand it and had no idea what was going on...then "The End" popped up and the movie was over.

What a waste of my time!

I say don't waste your money or time on this! Or if you too bought that Gansters Double Pack then just skip over this one...


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