Bullets or Ballots

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Bullets or Ballots
Bullets or Ballots 1936 poster.jpg
1936 Theatrical Poster
Directed by William Keighley
Produced by Louis F. Edelman (uncredited)
Written by Seton I. Miller
Martin Mooney
Starring Edward G. Robinson
Joan Blondell
Barton MacLane
Humphrey Bogart
Music by Bernhard Kaun
Cinematography Hal Mohr
Edited by Jack Killifer
Release dates
  • June 6, 1936 (1936-06-06)
Running time
82 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

Detective Johnny Blake Robinson (Edward G. Robinson), a New York City cop is in charge of a squad that regularly puts the screws to fearful racketeers. Blake gets kicked off the force. A powerful crime boss named Al Kruger (Barton MacLane) likes Blake's style, so he hires him in an attempt to gain fresh ideas about sidestepping the law.[2]


Adaptations to Other Media[edit]

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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