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Gang Busters (1955)

Hardened criminal repeatedly breaks out of Oregon State Prison, eluding police for prolonged periods afterwards.


Bill Karn


Bill Karn, Phillips Lord (as Phillips H. Lord)


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A composite of three re-edited episodes from the 1952 TV series, Gangbusters, released to theatres in 1957 as a feature film. Gang Busters (1954) was a similar effort.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Myron Healey ... John Omar Pinson (archive footage)
Don C. Harvey ... Det. Lt. Walsh (archive footage) (as Don Harvey)
Sam Edwards ... Wayne Long (archive footage)
Frank Gerstle ... Det. Fuller (archive footage)
Frank Richards ... Slug Bennett (archive footage)
Kate MacKenna Kate MacKenna ... Landlady (archive footage)
Rusty Wescoatt Rusty Wescoatt ... Mike Denike (archive footage)
William Justine William Justine ... Louie Feth (archive footage)
Allan Ray Allan Ray ... Larry Ogilvie (archive footage)
William Fawcett ... Truck Driver (archive footage)
Ed Colbrook Ed Colbrook ... Pete - Pool Hall Operator (archive footage)
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Police Officer Rondeau (archive footage)
Robert Carson ... Dr. Hall (archive footage) (as Bob Carson)
Joyce Jameson ... Girl in Car (archive footage)
Mike Ragan ... Police Officer (archive footage)


Hardened criminal repeatedly breaks out of Oregon State Prison, eluding police for prolonged periods afterwards.

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Release Date:

26 February 1965 (West Germany) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A composite of three re-edited episodes of the 1952 television series of the same name, and released theatrically in 1954 as a feature film. Guns Don't Argue (1957) was a similar effort. See more »


In the version I saw on television in the late-1970s, Pinson, after being captured, explains to Walsh (via flashback) that he returned to consciousness after having been buried by Bennett and dug himself out of the shallow grave with his hands. See more »


Edited from Gang Busters (1952) See more »

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Awkward, but with an Intriguing Puzzle
26 November 2012 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Put together from three installments of a TV show, a master escape artist keeps slipping out of prison, keeping the cops busy trying to catch up.

I figure the movie was stitched together on the heels of the successfully similar Dragnet feature (1954). Here, however the cheapo production values and no-name cast were probably left to remote drive-ins. Still, the combined narrative has lots of action and never drags, even if the story is full of holes. For example, how does Pinson breathe while buried, or how is it the prison guards are consistently such terrible shots. Nonetheless, the unusual central puzzle is an intriguing one that distinguishes the movie as a whole. Then too, Healy's (Pinson) a familiar face from that period and does a good job as the wickedly brilliant escape artist. But what's with the two official prologues with two dull guys saying something or other. I figure that was added on to make the movie look more official, like the currently popular Dragnet series. Anyway, as long as you don't examine the narrative too closely, the movie's a decent time-passer.

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