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Dick Tracy (1937)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 20 February 1937 (USA)
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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Lee Van Atta ...
Junior
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Moloch (as John Piccori)
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Fred Hamilton ...
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Ellery Brewster [Chs. 1, 12]
Richard Beach ...
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H.T. Clayton [Chs. 8-9]
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Patorno [Chs. 1, 12]
Edwin Stanley ...
Walter Odette
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 »


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20 February 1937 (USA)  »

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Adventures of Dick Tracy  »

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(15 episodes)

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System) (uncredited)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In Chapter three, Mike McGurk commenting on the garbled message coming over the short wave radio that it might be Russian or Hog Latin referring to Pig Latin or Igpay Atinlay. See more »

Goofs

Despite Dick Tracy had two encounters at The Old Beachwood Hotel, nothing has been done until the final chapter. 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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He Fights the Lame One in this Lame One
15 January 2001 | by (Rego Park, NY) – See all my reviews

Dick Tracy is on the hunt of a mysterious criminal known as the Lame One ( he has a bum foot, but I think the title describes the villian's general appearance ), leader of the mysterious Spider Gang. The Lame One along with his hunchbacked assistant kidnap Tracy's brother, alters his appearance, and goes out fighting him endlessly throughout this boredom. This serial moves incredibly slow ( mainly this isn't a Whitney/English chapterplay ), the acting outside of Ralph Byrd is dead wood, especially Smiley Burnette. Even when the master criminal is unmasked, the audience is forced to say, Who was this guy. Add a really dumb, sentimental ending, and well you get the pic. Don't judge the next three serials based on this one. In terms of serials, 4 out of 10.


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