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Bullets or Ballots (1936) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by William Keighley and produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner and Louis F. Edelman.

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Lux Radio Theater – Bullets or Ballots – 1939

By Bogart Fan on Sep 19, 2013 From The Bogie Film Blog

My Review —Great for Robinson Fans—? Producer:? Cecil B. DeMille? Honorary Bogie Fix: ?out of 5 Radio Bogies! The Lowdown A cop (Edward G. Robinson) goes undercover to bust up the organization of a big time racketeer (Otto Kruger).? All the while, he has to keep his numbers running gal p... Read full article


Bullets or Ballots (1936) (2)

By Beatrice on Aug 4, 2013 From Flickers in Time

Bullets or Ballots Directed by William Keighley Written by Seton I. Miller based on a story by Martin Mooney and Seton I. Miller 1936/USA Warner Bros. First viewing Johnny Blake: I didn’t try and take it over, I took it over. I am basically enjoying the hell out of 1936. ?This Warner Bros. ... Read full article


Bullets or Ballots – 1936

By Bogart Fan on Jun 12, 2013 From The Bogie Film Blog

My Rating —Good Gangster Fun—? Your Bogie Fix: ?out of 5 Bogies! Director: ?William Keighley The Lowdown A cop (Edward G. Robinson) goes undercover to bust up the organization of a big time racketeer (Barton MacClane). What I Thought After the Legion of Decency and the Production Code Ad... Read full article


Bullets or Ballots (1936) (1)

By Lindsey on Jul 18, 2012 From The Motion Pictures

(Image via museum.walterfilm.com) *The synopsis portion of this review contains spoilers for Bullets or Ballots. Scroll ahead if you don’t want to be spoiled! Anti-crime crusader Ward Bryant (Henry O’Neill) has died. Heading up the murder investigation is Captain Dan McLaren (Joe King), ... Read full article


What do “Bullets or Ballots” and “Footlight Parade” Have in Common?

By Angela on Jun 12, 2012 From Hollywood Revue

1.? Both movies were made at Warner Brothers. 2.? Joan Blondell stars in both movies. 3.? Bullets or Ballots was directed by William Keighley, who is credited as being a dialogue director for Footlight Parade. William Keighley with Bette Davis and James Cagney. 4.? A few costumes.? If you look clo... Read full article


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Lee Morgan: I'll wait for you.
Johnny Blake: You'll have to wait too long.


Johnny Blake: What's the matter? Did you hurt your ears?


Johnny Blake: I don't like guys who put their hands on me.


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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie onApril 17, 1939 with Edward G. Robinson reprising his film role.
Johnny Blake, played by Edward G. Robinson, was based on real-life policeman Johnny Broderick, while Al Kruger, played by Barton MacLane, was based on notorious gangster Dutch Schultz.
In the film, it is suggested that Joan Blondell's character got the idea of the numbers racket from her assistant, "Nellie". In reality, the numbers racket was pioneered by black gambling racketeers in Harlem. The "Nellie" character was based on Stephanie "Madame Queen" St. Clair (Nellie scoffs at being called "Madam Nellie"). As in the film, the numbers racket was eventually taken over by "Dutch" Schultz and "Lucky" Luciano (The Humphrey Bogart and Barton MacLane characters, respectively).
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