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Gang Busters (1955)

Hardened criminal repeatedly breaks out of Oregon State Prison, eluding police for prolonged periods afterwards.

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John Omar Pinson (archive footage)
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Det. Lt. Walsh (archive footage) (as Don Harvey)
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Wayne Long (archive footage)
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Slug Bennett (archive footage)
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Pete - Pool Hall Operator (archive footage)
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Dr. Hall (archive footage) (as Bob Carson)
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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 version I saw on television in the late-1970s, Pinson, after being captured, explains to Walsh (via flashback) that he returned to consciousness after having been buried by Bennett and dug himself out of the shallow grave with his hands. See more »

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Edited from Gang Busters (1952) 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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