Gang Busters: Season 1, Episode 3

Alvin Karpis (17 Apr. 1952)

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Federal Bureau of Investigation special agents are called in to capture the notorious bank robber and kidnapper Alvin Karpis, the machine gun blasting thug who provides the muscle for the ... See full summary »

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Federal Bureau of Investigation special agents are called in to capture the notorious bank robber and kidnapper Alvin Karpis, the machine gun blasting thug who provides the muscle for the infamous Karpis-Barker gang. Federal heat forces Karpis from hideout to hideout but Karpis always stays one step of the FBI. The G-men play their trump card and, knowing that the gangster loves fishing, manage to track their quarry to popular pier. Written by David Bassler

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Lt. Fenton: I'm Special Agent Fenton, your host for Gang Busters. In a moment, I'm going to tell you the story of the world's most deadly fisherman - Alvin Karpis.
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Badly done.
1 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

This is a typical entry in this series, a weak and not altogether lucid story. It has very little to do with the real Alvin "Creepy" Karpis, who was still alive in 1952. The story is so fictionalized that he might just as well have been the Joker. Karpis is portrayed as a maniac with an insane plan to have his face and hands altered by an apparently half-witted surgeon, who fumbles this task. All the while, Creepy is spouting his hatred for G-men, and his desire to rub out J. Edgar Hoover, though nothing is done to pursue this goal. He's endlessly screaming wild-eyed death threats at everyone else as well, so much so that it would seem unlikely he could function well enough to walk across a street. The pitiful production values include recycled, even flopped shots, and obvious use of bits of other, better films. Most unusual scene: Bill Baldwin as a hard running, fighting man of action.


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