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November 30, 2008
An enjoyable movie on the whole, but the ending was a bit disappointing.
½ July 7, 2008
A good straightforward gangster yarn. Robinson's character feels comically outlandish (short dumpy middle-aged man plays role of stereotypical leading man). Bogey is Bogey. If only he could have played both the cunning cop AND the cunning gangster, this would have been perfect.
December 5, 2007
Un bon p'tit polar de la Warner. Robinson dans le role du flic apres le "Petit Cesar", ca surprend un peu surtout vu la gueule de l'emploi du bonhomme. Et Bogart, toujours autant classe...
Super Reviewer
½ October 11, 2007
some gangster cinephiles might bombard this movie for being effeminated by moral code. besides the ending is one of those moralistic preachings you have heard quite enough from old school. the best fun is to observe robinson as the good guy and humprey bogart as the calculated ferocious hoodlum. in spite of its surrender to the censor, it's still a ballistic underrated movie with fast rhyme and classic confrontation of hero and villain. ironically, more than 10 years later....in key largo, robinson plays smelly rat-like mobster johnny rocco slaughtered by the postwar melacholic hero bogart. what a rise and fall. in a nutshell, "bullets or ballots" is easy to chew, suitable for some hectic friday afternoon when you just wanna lay on couch falling asleep without probing too harshly. it would be a choice to immerse yourself in some distinctive section of absolute good and evil then relaxed.
August 16, 2007
One of the more solid inclusions in Warner's "Tough Guys" boxed set has Edward G. Robinson playing a tough cop who loses his job due to corruption from the higher-ups. He gets into the rackets, resulting in everything you'd expect in a post-code gangster film. Robinson gets to punch out more people than he has in any other film. Bogart has a great part as "Bugs" Fenner, playing the scruffy gangster typical of his mid-30's roles
August 7, 2007
One of the less famous Warner gangster pics still holds water in the 21st Century, for those with the patience to withstand the inherent, expected shortcomings.
July 19, 2007
½ July 27, 2005
Any movie with Edward G. Robinson has to be good/ He is one of a handful of actors that has never appeared in a bad film. This is a fine gangster drama, much better than average. Typical Warner Brothers production at that time, good quality and professionally done.
December 5, 2003
Bullets or Ballots (1936) 6/10:fresh:

I just caught this one on TCM. I figured that with a cast featuring Edward G. Robinson and Humprey Bogart, that this would be a good crime-drama...well, it was okay, but I was ultimately let down. Bogart is surprisingly bad. There were moments when it looked as if he was racing through his lines. Robinson and Joan Blondell are good, though. There is just nothing too noteworthy about this film, other than this is the first time that Robinson and Bogart appeared on screen together.
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