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Old October 19 2013, 01:15 AM   #136
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Re: "The Alternative Factor" - Why is it so universally hated?

I remember some of those original listings. A PIECE OF THE ACTION opened something like: "Kirk and his boys come on like gangbusters..."

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Old October 19 2013, 01:29 AM   #137
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Re: "The Alternative Factor" - Why is it so universally hated?

Sir Rhosis wrote: View Post
I remember some of those original listings. A PIECE OF THE ACTION opened something like: "Kirk and his boys come on like gangbusters..."

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Good memory for a guy your age!

Here's how the original blurb started:

Color "A Piece of the Action." The Enterprise visits a planet whose culture is patterned after Chicago's gangland society of the Twenties. Swamped in a morass of machine guns and criminal mores, Kirk and his boys feel compelled to come on like gangbusters. Script by...
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Old October 19 2013, 02:49 AM   #138
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Which is a phrase that was probably better understood in the '60s. Gang Busters was a radio series broadcast from the '30s through the late '50s, a show that dramatized real FBI cases like Dragnet did with police cases. It was infamous for its jarringly loud opening sequence, so the phrase "to come on like Gang Busters" was coined to mean coming on very forcefully. There was also a Gang Busters movie serial in the '40s and a short-lived TV series in '52.

Gang Busters is probably also the inspiration for more recent titles like Ghostbusters and Mythbusters.
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Old October 19 2013, 02:52 AM   #139
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^^^I have a couple of the old radio shows on CD. In fact, one of them dramatizes a case from Cincinnati.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTzRzbRnP9w

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Old October 19 2013, 07:22 AM   #140
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Christopher wrote: View Post
Which is a phrase that was probably better understood in the '60s. Gang Busters was a radio series broadcast from the '30s through the late '50s, a show that dramatized real FBI cases like Dragnet did with police cases. It was infamous for its jarringly loud opening sequence, so the phrase "to come on like Gang Busters" was coined to mean coming on very forcefully.
That's fascinating, Christopher! Word and phrase etymology is an interest of mine!
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