Hot shot motorcycle racer Dusty Weston takes too many chances. He and his design partner Chris Rhodes agree on almost everything, but reporter Eve Drake arrives to do a story. Both men fall... See full summary »
Wealthy John Preston arrives in small town Deanbridge. He invests in local businesses and gets involved in community affairs. Eventually, he meets a local belle, Sally, and wins her from ... See full summary »
Betta St. John,
It's August. Like they have most summers, elderly widowed sisters Libby Strong and Sarah Webber, who live in Philadelphia, are staying together in the family's summer cottage on an island ... See full summary »
An investigator is asking Mrs. Gubbins about a William Foster, who was a friend of her stepson Jimmy. Both are listed as killed in action during the Great War. It is Armistice Day, 1918, ... See full summary »
H. Bruce Humberstone
As usual for bottom of the barrel 1950's re-enactments clothing. furniture, and even automobiles are strictly of late 1940s/early 1950s styles not 1920s and 1930s especially in Kansas City Massacre, even though names from gangsters killed in the 1930s, such as Clyde Barrow, Bonnie Parker and Pretty Boy Floyd, are tossed around like confetti. See more »
Ma Barker's supposedly well planned Sioux Falls bank robbery was filmed in Los Angeles on the corner of Beverly Drive and 38th Street, as a prominently placed street sign clearly reveals, not once but twice. See more »
Low-Brow 50's Govt. Propaganda...Edited from TV's "Gangbusters" (1952)
Dizzy, Dumb, and Downright Inaccurate with just about Everything. Where to Start? Why does IMDb put a Date of 1960 on the Thing and then in the Synopsis say it was "released to theaters in 1957"?
The 1950's were Ripe with Pro-Govt Propaganda from the Very Start of the Conservative Decade. Government Agencies, Law-Enforcement, Hell even the "Dog Catcher" could do No Wrong. It was an attempt to "Control" the Population, Shut-Up, Don't Ask Questions, Toe the Line, and be Good Consumers, No Worries, Big Brother is "Looking Out for You".
For the Most Part...It Worked.
"Gangbusters" was Produced for TV in 1952, this is a Compilation of Episodes Released to Movie Theaters in 1957. It is Riddled with Ridiculous Didactics, Smug, and Condescending. A Product of its Era. With Ed Wood Like Acting and Editing, the Film is Disorienting as it Clunks its way through every "Headliner" of Thirties "Gangsterdom".
Most of the Budget was probably Spent on "Tommy Guns" and Bullet Drums. It's pretty Bad even for Early TV. Kids of the Day Enjoyed it as Entertainment, but for Adults it's as Low-Brow as it gets. There are even a few Scenes that Reek of Exploitation with Pistols in the Garter-Belt and Extremely Tight Sweaters and Skirts.
What a Hoot!
Note...Good title though.
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