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Gang Busters Volume 1 (Chapters 1-6)

Brave G-men fight a massive crime-wave that grips the city.
Volume 1 (Chapters 1-6)
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DVD Features:

  • Based on the radio program "Gang Busters" by Phillips H. Lord
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 6 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1942
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Interactive Features:
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"The All-American crusade against crime! With the city in the grip of the worst crime wave in history, the outnumbered and outgunned police must rely instead on cleverness and bravery to defeat "The League of Murdered Men." These underworld villains have declared open war on the government, killing and burning anything that stands in their way. A tip from beautiful reporter Vicki Logan puts detective Bill Bannister on the track of gang leader Professor Mortis. Calling himself "the Voice of Death," Mortis has found a way to bring dead criminals back to life to fill the ranks of his ruthless army. As fires rage and buildings crumble, Bannister and his assistant Tim Nolan fight their way through countless obstacles and brutal criminals in order to bring the crimelord to justice and restore order to the city.

Gang Busters profited from Universal's high budgets and state-of-the-art studios, which allowed veteran serial director Ray Taylor to fill the story with thrilling car chases, plane crashes and rampant destruction. Robert Armstrong brings the same reckless energy to the role of Nolan that made him so memorable as Carl Denham in King Kong.

Product Description:

Streetwise G-men go on a mission to confront a massive crime-spree that invades the city. This collection presents chapters one through six of the classic film serial.

Plot Keywords:

Crime | Gangs | Serial

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Rating 4.0 One of the better Universal serials Movie Lover: from Pennsylvania -- May, 13, 2005

In late 1936, MGM approached Philips H. Lord, the creator of the radio program GANG BUSTERS, offering to buy the screen rights. Lord signed an agreement on June 5, 1937, the screen rights to Loew's Incorporated (MGM) for - get this - $1.00! Why? No one has yet to figure. But after a few years, MGM realized they couldn't do anything with the property so they sold it to Universal. On December 27, 1940, Lord wrote to Universal, offering any assistance to their film project but they turned him down. What they came up with was half-police drama and half-science-fiction. But in reality, the drama was based on a May 12, 1937 GANG BUSTERS radio broadcast, "The Case of Cardinella, the Devil", about a criminal who made arrangements to have his body reanimated after his execution. His task failed, but the serial was more sucessful. This cliffhanger will not disappoint, and certainly adds intrigue to the radio series the film was based on.


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  • Sales Rank: 7,404
  • UPC: 089218440693
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