"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. Click here to read more about Gangbusters
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Please enjoy these 90 old time radio episodes:
|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 ...
|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...
|10.30.1942||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...
|09.22.1945||gang busters (0400) the case of the red evening dress||
+ Sponsored by: Waterman Pens, Waterman Inks. The story of Juanita Hanson, who lead William Harlen C...
|09.29.1945||gang busters (0401) the case of john k giles aka john k giles, escape artist||
+ Sponsored by: Waterman Pens. No-one crosses paths with Mr. Giles. He's "like lightning with a gun...
|10.27.1945||gang busters (0405) the case of bielanski & tillotson||
+ "The Case Of Bielski and Tillotson". Two robbers pose as society swells in New England. The scr...
|11.24.1945||gang busters (0409) the case of matthew cazzara||
+ Waterman Pens and Inks. Matthew Kozera, a meek-looking but very dangerous gunman, is terrorizing P...
|12.08.1945||gang busters (0411) the case of blackie thompson (same story as )||
+ ABC net origination, WRVR-FM, New York rebroadcast. "The Case Of Blackie Thompson". Participating ...
|12.22.1945||gang busters (0413) the case of al simeone||
+ Program #413. "The Case Of Al Simeone". Sponsored by: Waterman. Al Simeone shoots two people dur...
|01.05.1946||gang busters (0415) the case of the rumbolt vault robbery aka the case of the three million dollar robbery aka wentzel irving||
+ Waterman. The story of Wilson Erwin and his big job; breaking into a vault for loot worth three mi...
|01.26.1946||gang busters (0418) the case of damiani & krause part 1|
|02.02.1946||gang busters (0419) the case of damiani & krause part 2||
+ This is the case of the Chicago horror bandits who used a new and terrifying weapon in crime until...
|03.16.1946||gang busters (0425) the case of the death mask killer||
+ Waterman's Pens and Inks. A killer is captured because a young boy in Philadelphia buys a newspape...
|03.23.1946||gang busters (0426) the case of joe mccann and the west side syndicate pt 1||
+ Program #426. "The Case Of Joe McCann and The West Side Syndicate" (part one). Sponsored by: Wat...
|05.11.1946||gang busters (0433) the case of the alcatraz prison riot||
+ ABC net origination, syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. "The Battle Of Alcatraz"/"The Case Of...
|05.03.1947||gang busters (0484) the case of the russo gang aka case of the safecrackers|
|05.24.1947||gang busters (0487) the case of the crime teacher||
+ Arrow Audio. William Usery committed murder several times. He also taught young boys how to succee...
|N/A||gang busters basket weaving burglar|
|N/A||gang busters miss gang busters|
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