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Gang Busters (1955)

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


Bill Karn


Bill Karn, Phillips Lord (as Phillips H. Lord)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Myron Healey ... John Omar Pinson (archive footage)
Don C. Harvey ... Det. Lt. Walsh (archive footage) (as Don Harvey)
Sam Edwards ... Wayne Long (archive footage)
Frank Gerstle ... Det. Fuller (archive footage)
Frank Richards ... Slug Bennett (archive footage)
Kate MacKenna Kate MacKenna ... Landlady (archive footage)
Rusty Wescoatt Rusty Wescoatt ... Mike Denike (archive footage)
William Justine William Justine ... Louie Feth (archive footage)
Allan Ray Allan Ray ... Larry Ogilvie (archive footage)
William Fawcett ... Truck Driver (archive footage)
Ed Colbrook Ed Colbrook ... Pete - Pool Hall Operator (archive footage)
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Police Officer Rondeau (archive footage)
Robert Carson ... Dr. Hall (archive footage) (as Bob Carson)
Joyce Jameson ... Girl in Car (archive footage)
Mike Ragan ... Police Officer (archive footage)


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

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Loosely based on the criminal career of Omar August Pinson (1918-1997), aka John Omar Pinson, an American robber and murderer. He was the fifth person placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List on 18 March 1950. 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 »


Edited from Gang Busters (1952) See more »

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Surprisingly good.
17 December 2013 | by MartinHaferSee 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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Release Date:

26 February 1965 (West Germany) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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