"In cooperation with police and federal law enforcement departments throughout the United States..."
Gang Busters, one of the earliest crime shows on radio, was created by actor-producer Phillips Lord. Deemed as the only radio program that featured authentic police cases, it debuted on NBC Radio on July 27, 1935, under the title G-Men and Lord himself as the narrator. He was later replaced by Colonel Norman Schwarzkopf, the New Jersey Police superintendent during the investigation of the infamous Lindbergh case, along with Commissioner Lewis Valentine of the New York City Police.
Each episode began with loud sound effects like gun fires and tire screeches, which led to the catch phrase "come on like Gang Busters." And then, at the end of each episode were the description of each criminal captured and some information on those who were still on the loose.
To be able to provide real crime stories, Lord sought the help of the police and law departments across the United States. During its entire run, hundreds of criminals were brought to justice, courtesy of the Gang Busters. The show's last episode was aired on November 27, 1957. Just recently, in 2011, Gang Busters was included into the Radio Hall of Fame.
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Please enjoy these 90 old time radio episodes:
|N/A||the collector who robbed supermarkets||
+ Gangbusters present the case of The Collector Who Robbed Supermarkets of thousands of dollars unti...
|N/A||gang busters the case of the three safecrackers||
+ Tonight Gangbusters presents the case of the Three Safe Crackers who were schooled in their trade ...
|10.05.1935||boettcher kidnapping case||
+ The Military Police Corps of the United States Army is celebrating its twelfth anniversary. To tel...
|07.01.1936||the case of tony the slinger clugino|
|11.22.1940||gang busters & 29 (213 214) the blonde tigress (parts 1 and 2)|
|03.28.1941||gang busters (0231) the case of the nickle and dime bandits||
+ Program #231. Blue Network. "The Nickel and Dime Bandits". Sponsored by: Sloan's Liniment. Two sma...
|04.04.1941||gang busters (0232) the case of the missing corpse aka the case of mrs gangbusters||
+Sponsored by: Sloan's Liniment. Two bullets in the head fail to discourage a determined Negro witne...
|03.20.1942||gang busters (256) the case of earl joiner||
+ Sponsored by: Sloane's Linament. The story is also known as, "The Case Of Earl Joiner." "The gay y...
|10.23.1942||the case of clyde william buchanan||
+ On this episode of Gangbusters the case of a ghostly prisoner roaming the countryside unrecognised...
|10.30.1942||gang busters (0285) the case of the wolverine||
+ Sponsored by: Sloan's Liniment. A strange criminal is terrorizing small Michigan towns during a bl...
|06.09.1944||gang busters (0369) the case of the unknown killer||
+ Sponsored by: Sloan's Liniment, Nonspi deodorant. The story of "The Broadway and Coney Island Murd...
|07.14.1944||gang busters (374) the case of the costumed killer|
|09.15.1945||gang busters (0399) the case of harry 'red' bever||
+ Sponsored by: Waterman Pens. The first show of the season, the first show sponsored by Waterman Pe...
|N/A||gang busters basket weaving burglar|
|N/A||gang busters miss gang busters|
|N/A||35000 dollar theft|
|N/A||3 million dollar robbery|
|N/A||a date with death|
|N/A||brothers in banditry|
|N/A||five days of danger|
|N/A||horse race hijackers|
|N/A||the nickle and dime bandits|