Paper Bullets is a 1941 American film directed by Phil Rosen and produced by the King Brothers.
The film is also known as Gang War (American reissue title) and Gangs, Inc. (American reissue title).
* Joan Woodbury as Rita Adams
* Jack La Rue as Mickey Roman
* Linda Ware as Donna Andrews
* John Archer as Bob Elliott
* Vince Barnett as Scribbler, a petty forger
* Alan Ladd as Jimmy Kelly aka Bill Dugan
* Gavin Gordon as Kurt Parrish
* Phillip Trent as Harold DeWitt
* William Halligan as Police Chief Flynn
* George Pembroke as Clarence DeWitt
* Selmer Jackson as District Attorney
* Kenneth Harlan as Jim Adams
* Bryant Washburn as Attorney Bruce King
* Alden "Stephen" Chase as Detective Joe Kent
* Robert Strange as Lou Wood
* Alex Callam as Joe Fagan
* Harry Depp as Johnny Mason
Joan Woodbury (December 17, 1915 -- February 22, 1989) was an American actress beginning in the 1930s and continuing well into the 1960s.
In 1936 her career began to become more successful, with her appearing in eight films that year, of which five were uncredited. However, of the three roles that were credited, Woodbury made an impact, and caught the attention of studio's. Her mixture of Danish, British and Native American heritage gave her an exotic appearance, and allowed her to be cast in many different ethnicities, from Hispanic to French and Asian. By 1937 her career had taken off, mostly in B-movies, but also with her receiving many credited roles.
In 1937 Woodbury starred in her first of several credited Charlie Chan films, titled Chan on Broadway. She also began appearing in numerous westerns, portraying the heroine opposite some of the 1930s biggest cowboy actors, to include William Boyd of Hopalong Cassidy fame, Roy Rogers, and Johnny Mack Brown. Woodbury would appear in fifty films from 1937 to 1945, almost all of which were credited. Her most memorable of that period was her lead role in the serial Brenda Starr, Reporter, in 1945.
On December 17, 1938, Woodbury married actor and producer Henry Wilcoxon, with whom she would have three daughters: Wendy Joan, Heather Ann and Cecilia Dawn.
Jack La Rue (birth name: Gaspere Biondolillo) (May 3, 1902, New York City, New York - January 11, 1984, Santa Monica, California) was a film and stage actor.
He worked on the New York stage; the Internet Broadway Database lists seven Broadway credits for him from 1923 to 1931. He moved to Hollywood, where he appeared in numerous films. Sometimes mistaken for Humphrey Bogart, he played mostly thugs and gangsters. For example, in such a role, La Rue tormented the wrongly-accused Richard Cromwell in Universal Pictures's anti-Nazi action drama Enemy Agent (1940).
He is the father of actor Jack La Rue, Jr. La Rue died of a heart attack at the age of 81 and was buried in Culver City, California.
Alan Walbridge Ladd (September 3, 1913 -- January 29, 1964) was an American film actor.
Ladd began by appearing in dozens of films in small roles, including Citizen Kane in which he played one of the "faceless" reporters who are always shown in silhouette. He first gained some recognition with a featured role in the wartime thriller Joan of Paris, 1942. For his next role, his manager, Sue Carol, found a vehicle which made Ladd's career, Graham Greene's This Gun for Hire in which he played "Raven," a hitman with a conscience. "Once Ladd had acquired an unsmiling hardness, he was transformed from an extra to a phenomenon. Ladd's calm slender ferocity make it clear that he was the first American actor to show the killer as a cold angel." - David Thomson (A Biographical Dictionary of Film, 1975) Both the film and Ladd's performance played an important role in the development of the "gangster" genre: "That the old fashioned motion picture gangster with his ugly face, gaudy cars, and flashy clothes was replaced by a smoother, better looking, and better dressed bad man was largely the work of Mr. Ladd." - New York Times obituary (January 30, 1964). Ladd was teamed with actress Veronica Lake in this film, and despite the fact that it was Robert Preston who played the romantic lead, the Ladd-Lake pairing captured the public's imagination, and would continue in another three films. (They appeared in a total of seven films together, but three were only guest shots in all-star musical revues.)
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