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Friday, January 2, 2015

"Bullets or Ballots" (1936)

In the 1930's, no studio owned the gangster genre like Warner Brothers. This is one of the best. In a crime ridden NYC, everyone is on the make or on the take. Edward G. Robinson is a career detective who goes undercover within the mob to take down the biggest racketeering ring in the city. He runs up against a skeptical Humphrey Bogart, who's character is loosely based on "Dutch" Schultz, and a then-svelt Joan Blondell plays his numbers running girlfriend. A fast-paced story told with machine guns and spinning headlines all on the studio backlot. 

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