From 1935 to 1958, GANG BUSTERS established a reputation for presenting authentic case histories from the files of law enforcement, re-enactments of the criminal underworld including "Baby-Face" Nelson, Ma Barker and her boys, John Dillinger, and Willie "The Actor" Sutton. Thrilling escapades such as the Alcatraz Prison Riot and million dollar bank robberies were the subject of GANG BUSTERS broadcasts. Colonel H. Norman Schwarzkopf (father of the same Gulf-War Schwarzkopf) and New York's Lewis J. Valentine were two of the many weekly hosts who introduced each broadcast. Like AMERICA'S MOST WANTED, GANG BUSTERS presented weekly "clues" describing convicts at large, assailants wanted by the F.B.I., and listeners paid close attention to the details, giving local law enforcement the "edge" over evading criminals. Within the program's first eight years, the program was responsible for the apprehension of 277 criminals! This book documents the history of the radio and television series, including documentation covering the 1942 Matinee Serial, two 1956 movies, the comic books, and a detailed broadcast log and episode guide for all 1,008 radio broadcasts and 50+ television broadcasts. Lawsuits from listeners, background production, a biography about the creator, Phillips H. Lord, and much more can be found within these pages.
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Martin Grams, Jr. is the author and co-author of numerous books about old-time radio and old-time television including "The Alfred Hitchcock Presents Companion," "The I Love a Mystery Companion," "Inner Sanctum Mysteries: Behind the Creaking Door," "Radio Drama: An American Chronicle," "The Have Gun - Will Travel Companion," "The History of the Cavalcade of America," "Suspense: Twenty Years of Thrills and Chills," "The CBS Radio Mystery Theater: An Episode Guide and Handbook," "Invitation to Learning" and "Information Please." Mr. Grams has also contributed chapters and appendixes for "The Alfred Hitchcock Story," "It's That Time Again" and "Vincent Price: Midnight Marquee Actor Series."Review:
A fascinating view of crime during the rip-roaring twenties and thirties! -- Bullets and Bows, August 2004
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Book Description OTR Publishing, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110970331061
Book Description OTR Publishing, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 970331061
Book Description OTR Publishing, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0970331061