One of the better Universal serials
Movie Lover: Martin Grams
-- 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.