Gangbusters has 1031 episodes in the OTRR database.
Read more about the series in these magazine articles from the OTRR Magazine collection:
|Gang Busters Really Busts 'Em|
Radio Guide (May 27, 1939)
An aroused public can do more to stop crime than all the lie-detectors and ballistics experts in the United States
|Gang Busters Celebrate Fifth Anniversary on the Air|
Radio Varieties (February, 1941)
Saluted by barking machine guns, wailing sirens and tramping feet, Gang Busters celebrated its fifth anniversary on the air
Person of the Month: Mary Livingstone
Mary Livingstone has links to 705 episodes in the OTRR database.
Read more about her in these magazine articles from the OTRR Magazine collection:
|Mary Livingstone - As She Appears Under the MIKEroscope|
Radio Guide (May 19, 1934)
Mary Livingstone had accepted Jack Benny 'for belter or for worse.'
|Jack Benny Tells on Wife Mary|
Movie Radio Guide (December 20, 1941)
You'd think my jokes weren't funny to hear Mary laugh at these corny cracks Phil Harris dishes up.
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