Gang Busters (1952– )

Homer Van Meter 

Police pursue John Dillinger and his henchman, Homer Van Meter across the Midwest. On the run, Van Meter digs up loot hidden in glass jars, but is double-crossed by one of his underlings.


Bill Karn


Bill Barton, Phillips Lord (creator) (as Phillips H. Lord)


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Episode cast overview:
Richard Crane ... Homer Van Meter
Myron Healey ... John Dillinger
Texas Joe Foster Texas Joe Foster ... Tony Milento (as Tex Foster)
Percy Helton ... The Reader
Robert Bice ... Special Agent Lt. Tyler
Scott Douglas Scott Douglas ... Special Agent Lt. Clifton
Robert Kendall Robert Kendall ... Baby Face Nelson
Robert Vanselow Robert Vanselow ... John Hamilton (as Bob Vaneslow)
Lane Chandler ... Chief of Police
Smoki Whitfield Smoki Whitfield ... Shoeshine Boy (as Smoky Whitfield)
Harold 'Tommy' Hart Harold 'Tommy' Hart ... Garageman (as Tommy Hart)
Paul Dubov ... Alvin Karpis
Sam Edwards ... Fred Barker
Jean Harvey Jean Harvey ... Ma Barker


Police pursue John Dillinger and his henchman, Homer Van Meter across the Midwest. On the run, Van Meter digs up loot hidden in glass jars, but is double-crossed by one of his underlings.

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Crime | Drama





Release Date:

16 October 1952 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Visual Drama Inc. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lieutenant Clifton: Scratch one public enemy.
Lieutenant Tyler: Yeah, there's Homer Van Meter. A few seconds ago he was a live killer feared by dozens of states... now he's so much garbage.
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Some bad acting sinks this one...
5 February 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I've never seen "Gang Busters" before, so how this particular episode stacks up with the rest, I have no idea. All I know is that the acting, at times, was rather suspect in this one. In particular, the guy who played 'the Kid' could barely deliver his lines. Additionally, at one point, Home Van Meter (Richard Crane) posed as a Brit--and his accent was all over the place! Sometimes he sounded very American, sometimes rather Irish and at others somewhat British...somewhat. By the standards of the day, this one had sub-par acting. The narrator wasn't particularly good but compared to these two, his difficulty with his lines was minor. Hopefully, other episodes are better.

This episode is about Homer Van Meter--a name pretty much unknown today but a guy who hung out with such creeps as Baby Face Nelson and John Dillinger! He was a ruthless murderer and the show gives a superficial overview of his career. The problem is that the show is only slated for a 30 minute time slot--and this didn't allow time to give anything other than a cursory coverage.

So what is good about this one? Well, not a lot. The only things I liked were a few lines of dialog near the end. Such as 'scratch one public enemy' and 'now he's so much garbage'! Classic, but otherwise a bit preachy and poorly made. While the show alternated weeks with "Dragnet", it was clearly an inferior show--even though it had good ratings.

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