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Gang Busters (1942)

Detective Lt.Bill Bannister has the assignment to run down an unknown gang of terrorists spreading a net of crime over the city. Aiding him is Detective Tim Nolan, news photographer Vicki ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Det. Tim Nolan
George Watts ...
Mike Taboni
Victor Zimmerman ...
Ted Lane - aka Barnard (as Vic Zimmerman)
Joey Morrison - aka Mason (as George Lewis)
John Berkes ...
Mr. Grub (as Johnnie Berkes)
Crandall - Police Chemist


Detective Lt.Bill Bannister has the assignment to run down an unknown gang of terrorists spreading a net of crime over the city. Aiding him is Detective Tim Nolan, news photographer Vicki Logan and reporter Happy Haskins. Bill finds that the gang's leader is a mysterious Professor Mortis and the gang is made up of known criminals officially listed in the police records as dead. Each has become of member of Mortis' "League of Murdered Men" after seemingly committing suicide by hanging while on death row. Bill eventually, after surviving a plane crash, being dynamited, dropped down a well and other nuisances, tracks the gang to two hideouts; a subterranean cell beneath the city's subways and a suburban mystery house. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

31 March 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lucha contra el crimen  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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CHAPTER TITLES: 1. The League of Murdered Men, 2. The Death Plunge, 3. Murder Blockade, 4. Hangman's Noose, 5. Man Under Cover, 6. Under Crumbling Walls, 7. The Water Trap, 8. Murder By Proxy, 9. Gang Bait, 10., Mob Vengeance, 11. Wanted At Headquarters, 12. The Long Chance, 13. Law and Order. See more »


[first lines in each chapter]
Announcer in title sequence: Universal presents "Gang Busters". Calling the police, calling the G-men, calling all America to war on the underworld. Gang Busters, with cooperation of law enforcement officers of the United States, presents a picture of the endless war of the police on the underworld, illustrating the clever operation of the law enforcement officers in the work of our citizens - the All-American crusade against crime!
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Referenced in The Golden Girls: Zborn Again (1990) See more »

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In order to enjoy their resurrection
23 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

It's not really fair of me to review movie serials because I'm not a big fan of them in general. As for specifics I can get into those as far as Gang Busters is concerned.

In a curious way this is actually relevant to today's times because what is being dealt with her is terrorism. But I'd like to think that some more realistic methods are being used today.

The head of the terrorists is Dr. Ralph Morgan who is both a scientist and a criminal. He's perfected a method of bringing folks back to life and in order to enjoy their resurrection he has to give his subjects little booster pills. When you've resurrected some hardened criminals that guarantees some absolute loyalty.

For a guy with this kind of power Morgan certainly thinks small. He only wants a change in the city administration for Mayor George Watts and Police Commissioner Joseph Crehan to resign and turn the city presumably over to him. I'd have aimed bigger than that, in fact Morgan is in a role that calls for Bela Lugosi or Boris Karloff type ghoulishness.

The lead cop on the case is Kent Taylor with sidekick Robert Armstrong. Tagging along is Lois Lane type reporter Irene Hervey who seems just to get in the way.

I watch these things and can hardly believe we took this stuff so seriously. Gangbusters takes its title from the popular radio show of the same name. The title and little else are taken.

I hope we deal with terrorists better today than what I see here.

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