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Gangbusters (1935 - 57)

This "best remembered" of all the crime stoppers shows was billed as "the only national program that brings you authentic police case histories." Phillips H. Lord, already in radio, was looking for a new show concept. He hit upon the angle doing a crime show, like the gangster films of the early 1930's, but making it the real thing, about the real criminals and cops and the FBI. A cross between the newspapers and the movies…what an idea! He went right to Washington, and got the tacit approval of J. Edgar Hoover himself to develop a show that used only closed cases (thus getting a good outcome) and had a solid law-enforcement slant. Lord wrote his first episode right in the Justice Building in Washington. The show began on NBC as "The G-Men," with Chevrolet as sponsor.


Show # of Shows Cost  
Gangbusters 63 $7



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