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Gang Busters 

True crime stories and their investigations are dramatized.

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Phillips Lord
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1955   1952   Unknown  

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Series cast summary:
Robert Bice ...  Second Guard / ... 6 episodes, 1952
Mike Ragan ...  Police Officer / ... 6 episodes, 1952
Myron Healey ...  John Dillinger / ... 6 episodes, 1952
Don C. Harvey ...  Det. Lt. Walsh / ... 5 episodes, 1952
Sam Edwards ...  Wayne Long / ... 5 episodes, 1952
Rusty Wescoatt Rusty Wescoatt ...  Mike / ... 5 episodes, 1952-1955
Don Marlowe Don Marlowe ...  Andrews / ... 4 episodes, 1952
Richard Crane ...  Homer Van Meter / ... 4 episodes, 1952
Myrna Dell ...  Norma Breighlee / ... 4 episodes, 1952
William Fawcett ...  Truck Driver 4 episodes, 1952
Frank Gerstle ...  Det. Fuller / ... 4 episodes, 1952
Jay Novello ...  Willie Sutton 3 episodes, 1952
Ray Walker ...  Det. O'Reilly 3 episodes, 1952
Eddie Marr Eddie Marr ...  Det. Burlin 3 episodes, 1952
Marc Krah ...  Marcus G. Bassett 3 episodes, 1952
Betty Lou Gerson ...  Helen 3 episodes, 1952
John Goddard ...  Detective Ed / ... 3 episodes, 1952
Paul Dubov ...  Alvin Karpis / ... 3 episodes, 1952
I. Stanford Jolley ...  Bank Guard 3 episodes, 1952
Jack George Jack George ...  Manager Gross 3 episodes, 1952
Darby Jones ...  Porter 3 episodes, 1952
Max Palmer Max Palmer ...  Nick Mandaro - the Phantom / ... 3 episodes, 1952
Dan Riss ...  Capt. Armstrong / ... 3 episodes, 1952-1955
Vivi Janiss ...  Eleanor Jarman / ... 3 episodes, 1952-1955
Michael Mark Michael Mark ...  Drunk / ... 3 episodes, 1952
Robert Kendall Robert Kendall ...  Baby Face Nelson 3 episodes, 1952
Richard Benedict ...  Al Rocco / ... 3 episodes, 1952-1955
Phillips Lord Phillips Lord ...  Narrator / ... 3 episodes, 1952
Robert Carson ...  Dr. Hall 3 episodes, 1952
Ed Hinton Ed Hinton ...  First Guard 3 episodes, 1952
Joyce Jameson ...  Girl in Car 3 episodes, 1952
William Justine William Justine ...  Louie 3 episodes, 1952
Kate MacKenna Kate MacKenna ...  Aunt Jenny 3 episodes, 1952
Frank Richards ...  Slug Bennett 3 episodes, 1952
Charles Victor Charles Victor ...  Police Officer Rondeau 3 episodes, 1952
Alan Reynolds Alan Reynolds ...  Lt. Dane / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Pamela Duncan ...  Hazel / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Bill Baldwin ...  Lt. Fenton / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Lyle Talbot ...  Dr. Guelife / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Peter Davis Peter Davis ...  Burk / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Dick Foote ...  Prison Trustee / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Thomas Browne Henry Thomas Browne Henry ...  Frank Pasqua / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Scott Douglas Scott Douglas ...  Special Agent Lt. Clifton 2 episodes, 1952
Hal Gerard Hal Gerard ...  Henri Boilat / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Joseph J. Greene Joseph J. Greene ...  Arthur Troser / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Rick Vallin ...  Joe Rollins / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Frank Marlowe ...  Ordville Adkins / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Russ Whitney Russ Whitney ...  Dr. Jertel / ... 2 episodes
Helen Van Tuyl Helen Van Tuyl ...  Governor of Texas / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Jean Harvey Jean Harvey ...  Ma Barker 2 episodes, 1952
Robert Vanselow Robert Vanselow ...  John Hamilton 2 episodes, 1952
Tony Dante Tony Dante ...  2nd. Trooper / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Stanley Farrar Stanley Farrar ...  Grocery Store Manager / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Frank Sully ...  Bartender / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Harry Arnie Harry Arnie ...  Pete Dudero / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Connie Cezon Connie Cezon ...  Alice / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Florence Lake ...  Bessie / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Madge Meredith ...  Olga Trapani 2 episodes, 1952-1955
Gloria Talbott ...  Miss Reggirt 2 episodes, 1952-1955
Brad Trumbull Brad Trumbull ...  Ranger / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Ray Bennett ...  Reverend James I. Seder 2 episodes, 1952
Ray Boyle ...  Harry Farris / ... 2 episodes, 1952
John Damler ...  Det. Lawrence Kohrtney / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Tyler McVey Tyler McVey ...  Detective Brinken / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Jennifer Goddard Jennifer Goddard ...  Baby 2 episodes, 1952-1955
Aline Towne ...  Shirley 2 episodes, 1952
William Tannen ...  Captain Gorman / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Paul Norby Paul Norby ...  Landlord / ... 2 episodes, 1952
William Haade 2 episodes, 1952
Paul Harbee Paul Harbee ...  Capt. John Wright 2 episodes, 1952
John Harmon 2 episodes, 1952
Ted Hecht Ted Hecht 2 episodes, 1952
Sydney Mason Sydney Mason ...  Lt. Quince 2 episodes, 1952
Paul Maxey Paul Maxey 2 episodes, 1952
Tony Michaels Tony Michaels 2 episodes, 1952
Steve Pendleton 2 episodes, 1952
Irene Vernon Irene Vernon 2 episodes, 1952
Bob Wilke Bob Wilke 2 episodes, 1952
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The format of the series were action-packed stories on the apprehension of major criminals, taken from actual police and FBI files. The stories were presented in semi-documentary style. There was no continuing cast, but creator and writer Phillips H. Lord narrated each show. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Captured See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Visual Drama Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The series ran on alternate weeks with Dragnet (1951) on NBC on Thursday nights for a little more than a season. It was the highest rated show at the time NBC decided to cancel it, in favor of airing "Dragnet" weekly. The NBC episodes appeared in syndication in 1953 under the title "Captured", hosted by Chester Morris. In 1955, new first-run episodes under the original "Gang Busters" title were released in syndication by General Teleradio, following their release of the theatrical feature Gang Busters (1955). See more »

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Edited into Gang Busters (1955) See more »

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From pioneering radio to TV bench hitter
13 March 2007 | by blondiesguy2004See all my reviews

"Gang Busters" was a pioneering radio series detailing the activities of the nation's most notorious crime figures of the day. It was unique in that at the end of every episode, the announcer would inform listeners to call the local police or "Gang Busters" for information on wanted criminals still on the loose. In that respect, it was definitely a precursor of today's reality shows like "America's Most Wanted".

The television version, which premiered in 1952, stayed true to the radio format, telling stories of legendary scum like John Dillinger, Willie "The Actor" Sutton, etc. And just as on radio, viewers were informed of criminals still on the loose, and were encouraged to contact the show or the police. Yet, what worked so well on radio just didn't jell on the small screen. Despite series creator Phillips H. Lord's total involvement in the production, it all looked so disjointed and cheap, judging from the four episodes I have on DVD.

NBC obviously knew this as well, for despite very high ratings, they regarded this show as a stop gap filler for the equally successful "Dragnet" during its early years as a bi-weekly show. When Jack Webb filmed enough episodes for a weekly slot, "Gang Busters", one of the highest rated series of the 1952 season, had to go. So, what could have been a potential landmark in television history, as it was on radio, was merely a low-budget bench-hitter during the early days of TV. New episodes, however, were made for syndication under the title "Captured", apparently as not to tarnish the name that helped to pioneer the reality show. Today, the show has fallen into public domain, and has only now received a small cult status as one of crime TV's earliest offerings.

"Gang Busters" is a Phillips H. Lord Production, filmed by Visual Drama, Inc. for NBC-TV. 26 episodes were filmed, as well as a feature-length episode specially made for theaters in 1954. That, too, is in public domain.


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