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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 guess that wasn't poetry about friends finding an easy place to break your back.

Lee Morgan: You're a funny fella, Johnny. When you come out of your shell, you're really human.
Johnny Blake: Well, I don't like to see decent people pushed around.

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

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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).
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie onApril 17, 1939 with Edward G. Robinson reprising his film role.
This film was made as part of Warner Bros.' response to the Production Code Administration and the Legion of Decency, which had condemned the studio's previous gangster movies with Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney as glorifying the criminal life. In response, Warners had both actors make crime movies with their characters on the right side of the law, with Cagney playing an FBI agent in "G-Men" and Robinson playing an undercover cop here.
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