Bullets or Ballots (1936) - Rotten Tomatoes

Bullets or Ballots (1936)





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In this film, 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. Little do they realize that Robinson is actually operating undercover.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Martin Mooney, Seton I. Miller
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 18, 2006


Edward G. Robinson
as Johnny Blake
Joan Blondell
as Lee Morgan
Barton MacLane
as Al Kruger
Humphrey Bogart
as 'Bugs' Fenner
Joe King
as Capt. Dan McLaren
Dick Purcell
as Ed Driscoll
Louise Beavers
as Nellie LaFleur
Joseph Crehan
as Grand Jury Spokesman
Gilbert Emery
as Thorndyke
Henry Kolker
as Hollister
Frank Bruno
as Proprietor
Alice Lyndon
as Old Lady
Victoria Vinton
as Ticket Seller
Milt Kibbee
as Jury foreman
Raymond Brown
as Proprietor
Eddie Shubert
as Truck driver
Max Wagner
as Actor Impersonating ...
Milton Kibbee
as Jury Foreman
Jack Goodrich
as Cigar Clerk
Alma Lloyd
as Beauty Attendant #1
Carlyle Moore Jr.
as Kruger's secretary
Anne Nagel
as Bank secretary
Joseph King
as Captain Dan McLaren
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Critic Reviews for Bullets or Ballots

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | September 11, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

An agreeable action-packed gangster flick.

Full Review… | July 19, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Bullets or Ballots

It's nothing extraordinary but Edward G. is great as usual on the right side of the law this time. It's nice to see Louise Beavers getting to play something besides a maid. She's all dolled up as a flashy numbers runner.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


This isn't the average gangster movie, but that doesn't mean it's a great movie either. It has good actors, but it could have been a lot better.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Bullets or Ballots is a lost little gem with Edward G. Robinson as an undercover veteran cop trying to take down racketeers from the inside. Robinson turns out another miniature badass role and foil to Humphrey Bogart's "don't want to be here" turn on Murderer's Row. The almost unrecognizable Joan Blondell really fills out any dress she's in and the direction's pretty decent. While its good, you can see why Bullets or Ballots isn't one of the better known gangster pictures. Still, a treat for fans of Edward G.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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