Even more great TV episodes worth viewing
Movie Lover: Martin Grams
-- May, 13, 2005
Regardless of what people continue to write in encyclopedias and web-sites, GANG BUSTERS was not the highest rated show to ever be cancelled from prime time. It had two runs. The first was over NBC on a rotating basis with DRAGNET and after fulfilling a 17-episode contract, Phillips H. Lord, the creator of the series, stopped producing TV episodes due to advice of his doctor. More than 40% of the American public tuned in each weke to watch the dramas but the show was NEVER cancelled. A second series of GANG BUSTERS TV shows were later produced (this time for syndication) by Lord, and this DVD features four of those classic episodes. Production #205 "The Case of Edward Budaj" was based on the radio script "The Case of the Scissors Gang" from March 22, 1952. Production #210 "Boilate-Fiaschetti" is one of the more colorful episodes of the series. Production #212 "The O'Dell-Griffen Case" was based on "The Case of the Diamond Murder" from May 8, 1954. Production #219 "The Blonde Tigress" was based on "The Case of the Blonde Tigress" from November 18 and 25, 1939 and demonstartes how dangerous blondes can be when they have too much fun. Final trivia about these episodes: Lord choosed criminals who were already dead to film for his TV series purposely so they couldn't enter a suit against him for portraying them on TV.