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 »
Dick and Penny Cooper are married, yet can't afford their own home. They decide to move in with Penny's parents, Barney and Mildred Hogan; and her grandparents, Charley and Lovey Hackett. ... See full summary »
Nightclub comedian Jerry Webster was a widower with a small son, Sandy. He purchased a farm in the San Fernando Valley to be a base of operations for him and a home for Sandy. The farm was ... See full summary »
Jerry Van Dyke,
British scientist Peter Brady, while working on an invisibility formula, suffers a tragic accident which turns himself invisible. Unfortunately, there is no antidote, so, while working on a... See full summary »
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 »
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 »
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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