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Gang Busters (1955)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  17 June 1955 (USA)
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Hardened criminal repeatedly breaks out of Oregon State Prison, eluding police for prolonged periods afterwards.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Myron Healey ...
John Omar Pinson (archive footage)
Don C. Harvey ...
Det. Lt. Walsh (archive footage) (as Don Harvey)
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Wayne Long (archive footage)
Frank Gerstle ...
Det. Fuller (archive footage)
Frank Richards ...
Slug Bennett (archive footage)
Kate MacKenna ...
Landlady (archive footage)
Rusty Wescoatt ...
Mike Denike (archive footage)
William Justine ...
Louie Feth (archive footage)
Allan Ray ...
Larry Ogilvie (archive footage)
William Fawcett ...
Truck Driver (archive footage)
Ed Colbrook ...
Pete - Pool Hall Operator (archive footage)
Charles Victor ...
Police Officer Rondeau (archive footage)
Robert Carson ...
Dr. Hall (archive footage) (as Bob Carson)
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Girl in Car (archive footage)
Mike Ragan ...
Police Officer (archive footage)
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Hardened criminal repeatedly breaks out of Oregon State Prison, eluding police for prolonged periods afterwards.

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A composite of three re-edited episodes of the 1952 television series of the same name, and released theatrically in 1954 as a feature film. Guns Don't Argue (1957) was a similar effort. See more »

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In the middle of the movie, John Omar Pinson (Myron Healey) supposedly dies and is buried by his friend and partner, Slug Bennett (Frank Richards). Later a live Pinson reappears in the action, and writer-director Bill Karn offers no explanation for how Pinson got out of the grave in which Bennett buried him. See more »

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Surprisingly good.
17 December 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I had very low expectations for "Gang Busters". Much of this is because it's available from Something Weird Video and is on the same disc as "Ma Barker's Killer Brood"--a cheesy, low-budget but fun B-movie. Additionally, this film is made up of episodes of the TV show "Gang Busters"--all clear indications that the film will be terrible. Yet, interestingly enough, I thought it was pretty good.

The film is the career of a criminal named John Omar Pinson. Pinson was NOT an ordinary crook but managed to make it to the FBI's most-wanted list. Additionally, he managed to repeatedly break out of prison in Oregon--mostly because he was so bright (and the guards so dumb). Interestingly, it's all taught almost documentary style with voice-over narration as well as recreations of the exploits of Pinson.

The overall effect is quite interesting--sort of like a film noir picture merged with a documentary. Not great but very good and a must-see for old time crime film lovers.


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