Release dateJune 6, 1936 (1936-06-06) WriterSeton I. Miller (screen play), Martin Mooney (story), Seton I. Miller (story) ProductionWarner Bros. Entertainment CastEdward G. Robinson (Johnny Blake), Joan Blondell (Lee Morgan), Barton MacLane (Al Kruger), Humphrey Bogart ('Bugs' Fenner), Frank McHugh (Herman), Joe King (Capt. Dan 'Mac' McLaren) Similar moviesGone Baby Gone, W Delta Z, I Spit on Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine, Cleopatra Jones, Salt, Mad Max: Fury Road
TaglineWHO Rules The Rackets ? This picture puts the finger on the political higher-ups!
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Bullets or Ballots is a 1936 gangster film starring Edward G. Robinson, Joan Blondell, Barton MacLane and Humphrey Bogart. Robinson plays a police detective who infiltrates a crime gang. This is the first of several films featuring both Robinson and Bogart.
Robinson's character, "Johnny Blake," was based on Johnny Broderick, a noted New York City detective.
Bullets or ballots 1936
Detective Johnny Blake (Edward G. Robinson) is a New York City cop who has made his reputation by cracking down on racketeers. When Blake gets kicked off the force, a powerful crime boss named Al Kruger (Barton MacLane) hires him in an attempt to gain fresh ideas about sidestepping the law and expanding his criminal empire. Blake soon gains Kruger's trust and rises through the ranks of the criminal organization, much to the distaste of Bugs Fenner (Humphrey Bogart), who believes Blake to be a police informer.
Edward G. Robinson as Detective Johnny Blake
Joan Blondell as Lee Morgan
Barton MacLane as Al Kruger
Humphrey Bogart as Nick 'Bugs' Fenner
Frank McHugh as Herman McCloskey
Joe King as Captain Dan 'Mac' McLaren
Dick Purcell as Ed Driscoll (as Richard Purcell)
George E. Stone as Wires Kagel
Joseph Crehan as Grand Jury Spokesman
Henry O'Neill as Ward Bryant
Henry Kolker as Mr. Hollister
Gilbert Emery as Mr. Thorndyke
Herbert Rawlinson as Mr. Caldwell
Louise Beavers as Nellie LaFleur
Norman Willis as Louie Vinci
Adaptations to Other Media
Bullets or Ballots was adapted as a one-hour radio play on the April 17, 1939 broadcast of Lux Radio Theater with Edward G. Robinson, Mary Astor and Humphrey Bogart.