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Gang Busters - Volumes 1 & 2 (Complete Serial) (2-DVD)

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The complete ""Gang Busters"" serial on two DVDs.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Robert Armstrong, Kent Taylor, Irene Hervey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YDKAHG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,497 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gang Busters - Volumes 1 & 2 (Complete Serial) (2-DVD)" on IMDb

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 26, 2005
Format: DVD
VCI Entertainment and Universal Pictures presents a film based on the radio program by Phillips H. Lord "Gang Busters" (1942) (Dolby digitally remastered), with 13 Chapters based on a real radio show in which unsolved crimes were reenacted in the hope of catching the criminal, stories were combined with original and completely ficitional...dedicated to law enforcement officers throughout the nation, in grateful recognition of their unending war against crime..story line has twists and turns as "The League of Murdered Men" with mad scientist (Ralph Morgan) at the helm...is there a mysterious death stimulating drug that presumes a person dead only to be resurrected by this mad man Prof. Mortis (Morgan)...will Lt. Bill Bannister (Taylor) and Det. Tim Nolan (Armstrong) stop this gang of misfits who is terrorizing the city...can Vicki Logan (Hervey) and Happy Haskins (Davies) who work for the local newspaper, get in the way or be of some assistance bringing the villains to justice...what is this strange hideout in a subterranean cell that is located beneath the city's subways...don't touch that dial or leave the theater until the final chapter is over and done with "Law and Order"....just remember double thrills, chills, mystery and suspense...hitting the bull's eye with excitement...don't miss a single spine thrilling episode..return next week to this local theater for another episode of action and adventure that will keep you thrilled until the next chapter.

Under director's Ray Taylor and Noel Smith, associate producer Ford Beebe, Original screenplay by Morgan B. Cox, Al Martin, Vic McLeod, George H. Plympton, dialogue director Jacques Jaccard, musical score by Ralph Freed, Charles Previn, Heinz Roemheld, Hans J. Salter, Frank Skinner and Franz Waxman...the cast includes Kent Taylor (Lt.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Faiola on September 10, 2011
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Amateur fan club "restoration". Well, they started with nice materials. Not sure if it's a transfer of a dupe neg or dupe 16mm print (the white negative scratches are the giveaway). But where they went wrong was in "de-noising" the soundtrack. They sucked all the ambience out of the track just so they wouldn't have any extraneous noise. The bass was pumped up so that the splices (which should have been blooped) sound like mini-bombs. Then they added a phony reverb. Too bad, since this is the best print of this PD serial that's surfaced. Still recommend at least until an original print that isn't monkeyed with shows up on DVD.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By midflamagi on November 15, 2009
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In all fairness, some of the earlier ratings are not for this version of the Gangbusters serial.

THE HERMITAGE HILL RELEASE OF GANGBUSTERS IS THE COMPLETE SERIAL ON 2 DISCS.

From the fine folks at The Serial Squadron - this is the finest digital restoration of this serial ever available.

Please check the other reviews for the content of the serial - a very GOOD serial from a studio other than Republic. This one will not disappoint someone interested in serials of the period.

Hermitage Hill produced this on 2 DVD-R disks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Kohl; on November 15, 2010
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Gang Busters is a 1942 Universal Serial based loosely on the radio program by Phillips Lord. Screenplay is by Morgan Cox, Al Martin, Victor McLeod and George H. Plympton, and it was directed by Ray Taylor and Noel Smith. Two DVD editions are currently available, from The Serial Squadron (Hermitage Hill not mentioned on the package) and Alpha Video.

The plot involves a crime wave by the "League of Murdered Men" -- members of which are listed as dead in police records. They haven't actually been murdered, but the gang's boss, Professor Mortis (Ralph Morgan) employs a drug that simulates death, supplied mostly to captured criminals who "commit suicide" in prison, who are then brought back to life, but are obliged to obey Mortis so they can get a pill from him to stay alive. Bill Bannister (Kent Taylor) is investigating the crime wave, and his brother, framed and imprisoned, then released due to new evidence, has learned of the "suicide" scheme, but he is killed before he can tell very much. Mortis, in a radio broadcast on the Police wavelength, says he will end the crime wave if the entire city government is replaced. Police Chief Martin O'Brien (Joseph Crehan) also has to spar with windbag Mayor Hansen (George Watts) to keep Bannister on the case. Getting involved in the investigation is a newspaper photographer, Vicki Logan (Irene Hervey) and reporter, Happy Haskins (Richard Davies).

This is one of the better Universal serials of the 1940's, with the atmosphere kept dark and serious by directors Ray Taylor and Noel Smith. Ralph Morgan in fine form as Dr. Mortis, and his hideout, under the subway tunnels is a nice touch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 26, 2005
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VCI Entertainment and Universal Pictures presents a film based on the radio program by Phillips H. Lord "Gang Busters" (1942) (Dolby digitally remastered), with 13 Chapters based on a real radio show in which unsolved crimes were reenacted in the hope of catching the criminal, stories were combined with original and completely ficitional...dedicated to law enforcement officers throughout the nation, in grateful recognition of their unending war against crime..story line has twists and turns as "The League of Murdered Men" with mad scientist (Ralph Morgan) at the helm...is there a mysterious death stimulating drug that presumes a person dead only to be resurrected by this mad man Prof. Mortis (Morgan)...will Lt. Bill Bannister (Taylor) and Det. Tim Nolan (Armstrong) stop this gang of misfits who is terrorizing the city...can Vicki Logan (Hervey) and Happy Haskins (Davies) who work for the local newspaper, get in the way or be of some assistance bringing the villains to justice...what is this strange hideout in a subterranean cell that is located beneath the city's subways...don't touch that dial or leave the theater until the final chapter is over and done with "Law and Order"....just remember double thrills, chills, mystery and suspense...hitting the bull's eye with excitement...don't miss a single spine thrilling episode..return next week to this local theater for another episode of action and adventure that will keep you thrilled until the next chapter.

Under director's Ray Taylor and Noel Smith, associate producer Ford Beebe, Original screenplay by Morgan B. Cox, Al Martin, Vic McLeod, George H. Plympton, dialogue director Jacques Jaccard, musical score by Ralph Freed, Charles Previn, Heinz Roemheld, Hans J. Salter, Frank Skinner and Franz Waxman...the cast includes Kent Taylor (Lt.
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