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Dick Tracy (I) (1937)

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A master criminal called The Spider puts the famous detective's brother under a hypnotic spell and turns him against Dick.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Byrd ...
Kay Hughes ...
Smiley Burnette ...
Lee Van Atta ...
Junior
John Picorri ...
Moloch (as John Piccori)
Carleton Young ...
Fred Hamilton ...
...
John Dilson ...
Ellery Brewster [Chs. 1, 12]
Richard Beach ...
Wedgwood Nowell ...
H.T. Clayton [Chs. 8-9]
Theodore Lorch ...
Patorno [Chs. 1, 12]
Edwin Stanley ...
Walter Odette / The Spider
Harrison Greene ...
Cloggerstein / Durston
Herbert Weber ...
Tony Martino [Ch. 1]
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Storyline

A master criminal called The Spider puts the famous detective's brother under a hypnotic spell and turns him against Dick.

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THRILLS blast across the screen when your National Hero No. 1 - Dick Tracy - springs to exciting life in 15 trigger-fast episodes of the serial you've always wanted to see (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

20 February 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adventures of Dick Tracy  »

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Runtime:

(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The background comic art (panels) shown on most of the original posters for this serial came from the Sunday "Dick Tracy" comic page of December 6, 1936. See more »

Quotes

[the Spider's henchmen have kidnapped Gordon, Dick Tracy's brother, and Moloch prepares to begin a mind-altering medical procedure]
The Spider: Hmm, his condition seems critical.
Moloch: What if should die?
The Spider: Then we will eliminate a very dangerous enemy.
Moloch: He won't die, but by means of this operation - a simple altering of certain glands - he will be unable to distinguish between right and wrong.
The Spider: In that event, he will be very useful to us, Moloch, very useful.
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Crazy Credits

"Oscar & Elmer" are given final cast credits in the opening sequence. See more »

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Referenced in Witless Protection (2008) See more »

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A Great Serial.
17 October 2009 | by (Tulsa, OK) – See all my reviews

Superb serial. The only one that matches it in quality is the first Flash Gordon. The production values are exceptional and eclipse many better known B movies. Ralph Byrd is perfectly cast in the title role. The only explanation I can think of for some viewers to rate this any lower than an "A" is that they just haven't seen very many serials. One of the few efforts in this line that actually has some atmospheric touches and, as another commenter has pointed out, the special effects are genuinely good.

Folks who don't really like serials are....well, they're folks who don't like serials (probably don't much like Christmas either). For those who do like serials, this is like a trip to the circus. Good action and WAY better than usual script and acting. As movies go, this probably only deserves a 7 but for a serial it deserves a perfect 10.


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