it is true that "bullets or ballots" is somewhat unbelievable, even by hollywood's usual standards. the plot is a bit thin and the ending could have stronger and more detailed.
even so, this film has its good points too. edward g. robinson makes for a good police officer who's undercover to nail barton macclane and humphrey bogart(in one of his many gangster roles), the dialogue is pretty much what you would expect but that's not a bad thing and the pace is fast and furious.
in my humble opinion, i would nominate robinson and bogart with providing the acting honours. in addition, they do have good on-screen chemistry in their scenes that practically sizzle with tension. joan blondell is wasted as her character isn't given a lot of depth. she was put to far better use back in the early 1930s when alongside james cagney.
the lack of location footage shows a bit in "bullets or ballots" as the studio sets and backlots aren't very convincing. as a result, the scope of the production isn't quite as grand as it could have been.
the special features on this dvd are fantastic. my favourite ones are the studio blooper reel provided by "warner bros." from 1936/37 and the radio drama of "bullets or ballots," with edward g. robinson and humphrey bogart reprising their respective characters along with mary astor.
i mainly recommend this film if you are a fan of robinson or bogart.