Dick Tracy Returns (1938)

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Dick Tracy battles spies and saboteurs in his efforts to bring to justice the Stark gang, a criminal family led by the vicious Pa Stark.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lynne Roberts ...
Gwen Andrews (as Lynn Roberts)
Pa Stark
Jerry Tucker ...
David Sharpe ...
Agent Ron Merton
Lee Ford ...
Michael Kent ...
John Merton ...
Champ Stark
Ray Bennett ...
Trigger Stark (as Raphael Bennett)
Jack Roberts ...
Dude Stark
Kid Stark [Chs. 1, 13]
Eddie Foster ...
Joe Hanner, Taxi Driver [Chs. 1, 13] (as Edward Foster)
Alan Gregg ...
Jimmy 'Snub' Madison, thug
Reed Howes ...
Agent Rance
Bob Terry ...
Agent Reynolds (as Robert Terry)


Dick Tracy battles spies and saboteurs in his efforts to bring to justice the Stark gang, a criminal family led by the vicious Pa Stark.

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Based on the cartoon strip by CHESTER GOULD (original-posters) See more »


Action | Romance






Release Date:

20 August 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Return of Dick Tracy  »

Box Office


$156,991 (estimated)

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| (15 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The budget (expected cost) of this serial was $156,991. The actual cost (negative cost) came in at $170,940. See more »


Followed by Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc. (1941) See more »

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One of the best serials
18 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

There are good serials and there are mostly bad ones. The bad ones are cheaply made and very boring and use lots of "stock footage". This is the exception. The storyline is very original and is full of action. There are also lots of location scenes and the special effects were used here for the first time and not made for some other serial and reused here. I can see why serials were discontinued around the early fifties. TV came along and by then the serials were nothing like this one. It would be nice to get a nice print on a DVD of this one. My only problem and the reason I would give this a 9 instead of a 10 is the background music. For most of the scenes it is great but when they start fighting it goes to some speeded up uncomprehensible music that should only be used in a cheap western, otherwise it is terrific.

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