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Director  William Keighley
Producer  Louis F. Edelman
Country  United States
7.1/10 IMDb

Genre  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Language  English
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Release date  June 6, 1936 (1936-06-06)
Writer  Seton I. Miller (screen play), Martin Mooney (story), Seton I. Miller (story)
Production  Warner Bros. Entertainment
Cast  Edward 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 movies  Gone Baby Gone, W Delta Z, I Spit on Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine, Cleopatra Jones, Salt, Mad Max: Fury Road
Tagline  WHO 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.


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Robinson's character, "Johnny Blake," was based on Johnny Broderick, a noted New York City detective.

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Plot summary

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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.


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  • 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

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    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.

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