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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 overview, first billed only:
Ralph Byrd ...
Kay Hughes ...
Smiley Burnette ...
Lee Van Atta ...
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]


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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"You've put me on the spot - you've killed my I'm striking for revenge! EXCITEMENT in 15-trigger-fast chapters! (original poster) See more »


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Release Date:

20 February 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adventures of Dick Tracy  »

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(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


Moloch: Brother against brother - one good, one evil. Ahh, I wonder which will win?
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Has Anyone Seen Dick Tracy in this Serial?
8 May 2003 | by (Long Island Motor Parkway) – See all my reviews

I've watched only 4-5 serials, so I don't have a lot to compare this

to, but so far it's easily the worst of the lot. The overlap from

chapter to chapter is too great (too much material repeated in the

new episode that was seen in the previous episode). The acting is

poor, especially Ralph Byrd (if he stood still for a moment, he'd be

attacked by a woodpecker). The "comedy" of Smiley Burnett is

nothing to smile about (he's even worse here than in the Gene

Autry movies). The character with the most brains in this serial is

actually the 12 year old kid, played by Lee Van Atta. And perhaps

most of all, has anybody seen Dick Tracy in this film? I must have

missed him, because no one in this movie even remotely

resembled the comic strip character. Low budget is not enough of

an excuse for low tech here. At least the director could have put a

watch on Ralph Byrd's wrist, & pretended it was radio controlled.

The two low budget jungle serials I watched with Phyllis Coates

("Panther Girl of the Congo" & "Jungle Drums of Africa") were way

better than this, & so was a low budget jungle serial with Clyde

Beatty ("Lost Jungle"). Not that those were great serials, but they

were better than this one, so tells you something about Dick Tracy.

If you'd like to watch a better crime serial, I recommend "The Green

Archer." That & the serial I'm in the middle of now, "Captain

Marvel," are far superior to Dick Tracy. I rate it 3/10.

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