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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.
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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.
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Phillips 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

Robert Bice as Agent Tyler (3 eps)
Paul Dubov as Alvin Karpis (3 eps)
Richard Crane as Homer Van Meter (3 eps)
Don Marlowe as Paul Hurg (3 eps)
Myron Healey as John Dillinger (2 eps)
Holly Bane as Bill (2 eps)
Florence Lake as Bessie (2 eps)
Ralph Moody as Arthur Dunlop (2 eps)
Rick Vallin as Joe Rollins (2 eps)
Alan Reynolds as Chief Murren (2 eps)

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Warning: Gang Busters guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Anthology | Crime
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: NBC ( USA)
Airs: Thursdays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: March 20, 1952
Ended: December 25, 1952
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