Gang Busters

Gang Busters

Gang Busters was one of the earliest crime drama series. It started out on radio and moved to television in the fifties. The loud raucous opening, with tires screeching and sirens blaring startled people and gave birth to the descriptive phrase that is still in use, “coming on like Gang Busters”. Episode stories were based on actual Police and FBI files.

Although the radio version ran for 21 years (from 1936 through 1957) the TV version was only on for one year. It had a 42 rating and was ranked number eight overall when it was cancelled, most likely making it the highest rated TV program to ever be cancelled. During it's run Gang Busters alternated weekly with Dragnet. The show was probably cancelled so Dragnet could be shown every week.

Episode Info

Final: 1x27 -- Duchess Spinelli (1952)

An old woman is the mastermind behind as series of crimes committed by a gang of teens and becomes the first female to die in California's gas chamber.
Phillips LordPhillips Lord
voiced Narrator
Phillips LordPhillips Lord
voiced Narrator

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Creator: Phillips Lord
Producer: William Faris, Richard L. Bare
Casting: Ama Lou Macdonald
Set Decorator: Ted Driscoll
Director of Photography: Guy Roe
Production Supervisor: Mack V. Wright
Sound Editor: George R. Rohrs
Film Editor: Robert Sparr

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Recurring Guests

Don Marlowe as Paul Hurg (6 eps)
Robert Bice as Agent Tyler (5 eps)
Paul Dubov as Sgt. Ed Williams (5 eps)
Richard Crane as Homer Van Meter (5 eps)
Myron Healey as John Dillinger (4 eps)
Holly Bane as Bill (4 eps)
Ralph Moody as Arthur Dunlop (4 eps)
Alan Reynolds as Chief Murren (4 eps)
Frank Sully as Photographer (4 eps)
Lyle Talbot as Dr. Guelife (4 eps)

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