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Bullets or Ballots Details


Two-fisted New York police detective Edward G. Robinson is so volatile that he manages to get himself thrown off the force in disgrace. The local gangsters are delighted, in that Robinson had been breathing down their necks. When Robinson goes to crime boss Barton MacLaine insisting that he's through with law enforcement and wants to switch to the other side, MacLaine's chief henchmen Humphrey Bogart doesn't buy the story, but has to go along since he doesn't want to incur the wrath of MacLaine. Robinson offers to show his former enemies how to circumvent the law, making him an invaluable participant in gang activities. Actually, Robinson hasn't gone crooked at all; he's operating undercover, with the full knowledge of the city police inspector, in hopes of locating the "big boys" who've been financing the mob. His diligence costs him his life, but Robinson, with the help of bad-girl-gone-good Joan Blondell, busts the rackets wide open. Former crime reporter Martin Mooney was responsible for the story upon which Bullets or Ballots was based. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:June 6, 1936


Edward G. Robinson
as Johnny Blake
Barton MacLane
as Al Kruger
Frank McHugh
as Herman
Joseph King
as Captain Dan McLaren
Humphrey Bogart
as Bugs Fenner
Joan Blondell
as Lee Morgan
Louise Beavers
as Nellie
Dick Purcell
as Driscoll
Gilbert Emery
as Thorndyke
Herbert Rawlinson
as Caldwell
George E. Stone
as Wires
Joseph Crehan
as Grand Jury Spokesman
Norman Willis
as Vinci
Frank Faylen
as Gatley
William Pawley
as Crail
Sol (Saul) Gorss
Alma Lloyd
as 1st Beauty Attendant
Al Hill
as Man
George Lloyd
as Man
Addison Richards
as Announcer
Anne Nagel
as Bank secretary
Jerry Madden
as Kid
Virginia Dabney
as Mary
Jack Gardner
as Man
Henry O'Neill
as Bryant
Harry Watson
as Kid
William "Wild Bill" Elliott
as Bank Secretary
Edwin Stanley
as Judge
Milt Kibbee
as Jury foreman
Rosalind Marquis
as Specialty


William Keighley
Martin E. Mooney
Screen Story
Seton Miller
Hal Mohr
Heinz Roemheld
Composer (Music Score)
Jack Killifer
Chuck Hansen
First Assistant Director