Bullets or Ballots (1936): Proto-Noir ?

Cop Edward G Robinson goes under-cover to break up a gang of racketeers. Hoods include Humphrey Bogart and a mean Joan Blondell. Very noir lensing by Hal Mohr (Johnny Holiday (1949), The Big Night (1951), Woman on the Run (1950), The Second Woman (1950), Rancho Notorious (1952), The Big Night (1951), and Underworld U.S.A. (1961)).

Check out this original 3min uber cool trailer:

2 thoughts on “Bullets or Ballots (1936): Proto-Noir ?”

  1. Hi! Tony,
    Thanks, for sharing…unfortunately, I have not watched this Robinson/Blondell/Bogart vehicle yet…
    …with “yet” being the operative word.
    What an interesting clip…Once again, thanks, for sharing…Proto-noir?…perhaps?!?
    DeeDee 😉


  2. This is a favorite of mine from the Warner Brothers. Bogart played quite a few weasels in those days and he had the right name for his character in this one, “Bugs.”


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