Bullets or Ballots

Synopsis: After Police Captain Dan McLaren becomes police commissioner former detective Johnny Blake knocks him down convincing rackets boss Al Kruger that Blake is sincere in his effort to join the mob. "Buggs" Fenner thinks Blake is a police agent.
Director(s): William Keighley
82 min

...and the directors of organized crime...

...who are the really dangerous enemies

of society.

His phone call is only further evidence...

...that the racketeers have the

American public pretty well whipped...

...when a citizen has to sacrifice

the safety of his family...

...to ask for security and decency.

These same racketeers laugh

at your laws.

They make a joke of your courts.

They rule by the fear of their bullets.

They must be smashed

by the power of your ballots.

Let's go.

- Who threatened Bryant?

- I don't know.

Somebody told him to pipe down.

He's been doing enough yelling

in his papers without making pictures.

He's just racing his motor.

He's racing it so loud the public's

liable to wake up one day.

They been played for a sucker

so long they'll never wake up.

That's where we think different.

If he keeps on bringing our names out,

he can make it plenty hot.

I'm gonna stop him before he stops us.

You stick to your milk-and-produce

business and leave Bryant alone.

I'm still running this show,

and I say let him yell.

He can't hurt us without any evidence,

and he isn't gonna get any.

Pick me up here at the office at 1:00.

- Go get yourself a drink and cool off.

- Okay.

And forget Bryant.


Hey, waiter.

Some bourbon and ginger ale.

- Hiya, Herman.

- Hello, Eddie.

Hello, Mr. Blake.

Hello, Herman.

- I see you got the bad news.

- Yeah.

- That ought to cause a lot of trouble.

- I shouldn't be surprised.

Probably blow the lid

right off the city hall.

Oh, I forgot, Miss Lee's waiting for me.

- Get a look at the crowd out there?

- I'll say. Boiled shirts all over the place.

- How's your routine, Mary?

- It's in the bag.

- Good. How about your number, Eddie?

- It'll knock Broadway for a loop.

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Seton I. Miller

Seton Ingersoll Miller (May 3, 1902 – March 29, 1974) was an American screenwriter and producer. During his career, he worked with many notable film directors such as Howard Hawks and Michael Curtiz. Miller received two Oscar nominations and won once for Best Screenplay for fantasy romantic comedy film Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) along with Sidney Buchman. more…

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