Federal Bullets (1937)

Genres - Crime, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Police Drama  |   Run Time - 61 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Federal Bullets is a leisurely paced Monogram crime melodrama with not a few clever plot twists. The FBI, represented by Milburn Stone and William Harrigan, investigates a seemingly respectable charitable organization. In fact, the enterprise is a front for a crime ring, headed by Ma Barker clone Zeffie Tilbury (Trivia note: Ms. Tilbury was totally blind, and had to learn her "blocking" by rote). Agent Stone poses as a crook in order to infiltrate Zeffie's mob. Federal Bullets was directed by Karl Brown, a onetime cinematographer who learned his craft under the tutelage of D. W. Griffith. The film was based on a story by federal operative Maj. George F. Elliot.



charity, con/scam, FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), gangster