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20 August 1938 (USA) See more »
G-MEN VS. GUNMEN in an ALL-NEW thrill-packed series of adventures...with DICK TRACY...the greatest G-Man of them all leading the chase (original three-sheet poster) See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Ralph Byrd ... Dick Tracy

Lynne Roberts ... Gwen Andrews (as Lynn Roberts)

Charles Middleton ... Pa Stark

Jerry Tucker ... Junior

David Sharpe ... Agent Ron Merton
Lee Ford ... Mike McGurk
Michael Kent ... Agent Steve Lockwood

John Merton ... Champ Stark

Ray Bennett ... Trigger Stark (as Raphael Bennett)
Jack Roberts ... Dude Stark

Ned Glass ... 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)

Tom Seidel ... Agent Hunt

Jack Ingram ... Slasher Stark
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Anderson ... Max Williams (uncredited)

John Archer ... Mr. Clark (uncredited)

James Blaine ... FBI Chief Clive Anderson (uncredited)

Lynton Brent ... Observatory Employee with Note (uncredited)
Buel Bryant ... 1st Truck Driver (uncredited)
Earle D. Bunn ... Fertilizer Warehouse Thug (uncredited)
Brian Burke ... Wilson (uncredited)

Budd Buster ... Jake (uncredited)
James Carlisle ... Naval Commissioner (uncredited)
Virginia Carroll ... Stewardess (uncredited)
Allan Cavan ... Prover (uncredited)
Eddie Cherkose ... Brand (uncredited)
Eddie Coke ... Reporter (uncredited)
Hal Cooke ... L.C. Trendall (uncredited)

Frank Hall Crane ... Doctor at Tracy's Office (uncredited)

Kernan Cripps ... Officer in Alley (uncredited)
Roy Darmour ... Tracy Agent (uncredited)

Eddie Dew ... Flight 9 Co-Pilot (uncredited)

Jack Egan ... KDTR Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Charles Emerson ... Tire Shop Owner (uncredited)
Douglas Evans ... Mr. Burke (uncredited)
Jerry Frank ... Dock Thug (uncredited)
Pat Gleason ... Richard (uncredited)
Malcolm Graham ... Forbes, Observatory Engineer (uncredited)
Jennifer Gray ... Room Nurse (uncredited)
Duke Green ... Car Bomb Thug (uncredited)
Harrison Greene ... Baron Nicholi Kroner (uncredited)
John Guston ... Flight 9 Pilot (uncredited)

Frank Hagney ... Silm (uncredited)
Arch Hall Sr. ... Blackie (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Dayton (uncredited)
Gordon Hart ... Carston (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Joe (uncredited)
Bill Hunter ... Buck (uncredited)
Warren Jackson ... Sweeney (uncredited)
Walter Jones ... Tower Thug (uncredited)
Willard Kent ... Dam Watchman (uncredited)

Frank LaRue ... Dr. Strobach (uncredited)
Walter Lowe ... Rex (uncredited)
Sam Lufkin ... Armored Car Guard (uncredited)
Richmond Lynch ... Knox (uncredited)
Bruce MacFarlane ... Agent (uncredited)

Cactus Mack ... Gomez Junction Switchman (uncredited)

George Magrill ... Fertilizer Warehouse Thug (uncredited)

Frank Marlowe ... Railroad Siding Thug (uncredited)

Charles Martin ... Jones (uncredited)
Buddy Mason ... Powerhouse Thug (uncredited)
Charles McAvoy ... Officer Malloy (uncredited)
Ralph McCullough ... Perlita Junction Station Agent (uncredited)

J.P. McGowan ... Kruger (uncredited)
Millard McGowan ... Dock Thug (uncredited)
Pat McKee ... Plane Thug at Tower (uncredited)
Charles McMurphy ... Armored Car Driver (uncredited)
Douglas Meins ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Walter Mills ... Boris Zarkoff (uncredited)
Bruce Mitchell ... Powerhouse Foreman (uncredited)
William Mitchell ... Storekeeper at Crash Scene (uncredited)
King Mojave ... Sailor (uncredited)

Monte Montague ... Sam (uncredited)

Jack Montgomery ... Tower Thug (uncredited)
Wedgwood Nowell ... Draper (uncredited)

Frank O'Connor ... Cmdr. Mason (uncredited)
Pat O'Shea ... Tracy Agent (uncredited)
Henry Otho ... Mid City Garage Mechanic (uncredited)

Eddie Parker ... Burton (uncredited)
Richard Parker ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Charles Phillips ... Snakey (uncredited)
Allen Pomeroy ... Car Bomb Thug (uncredited)
Ivan Rayo ... Clem (uncredited)

Gloria Rich ... Irene (uncredited)
Loren Riebe ... Powerhouse Thug (uncredited)
Francis Sayles ... Prof. Terhune (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... 2nd Jake (uncredited)
William Stahl ... Casey (uncredited)

Tom Steele ... Tracy Agent (uncredited)

Larry Steers ... 'Duke' (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Pete, Gang Pilot (uncredited)
Henry Sylvester ... Iron Lung Doctor (uncredited)

Al Taylor ... Karl (uncredited)

Forrest Taylor ... Cmdr. Grant (uncredited)

Harry Tenbrook ... Fertilizer Warehouse Thug (uncredited)
Bob Thorn ... Tracy Agent (uncredited)
Sid Troy ... Harmon (uncredited)
John P. Wade ... Dr. Worthing (uncredited)
Frank Wayne ... Tower Thug (uncredited)
Herbert Weber ... Miller (uncredited)

Ted Wells ... Powerhouse Thug (uncredited)
Maston Williams ... 1st B&J Warehouse Thug (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe ... Chief Car Bomb Thug / First Jake (uncredited)
Dan Wolheim ... Hogan (uncredited)

Harley Wood ... Girl (uncredited)
Duke York ... Jack (uncredited)

Directed by
John English 
William Witney 
Writing credits
Barry Shipman (original screenplay) &
Franklin Adreon (original screenplay) (as Franklyn Adreon) &
Ronald Davidson (original screenplay) &
Rex Taylor (original screenplay) &
Sol Shor (original screenplay)

Chester Gould (based on cartoon strip by)

Produced by
Robert M. Beche .... associate producer (as Robert Beche)
Original Music by
Alberto Colombo (uncredited)
Cinematography by
William Nobles (photography)
Film Editing by
Edward Todd 
Helene Turner 
Art Direction by
John Victor Mackay (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Morris Braun (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Bob Mark .... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
Production Management
Mack D'Agostino .... unit manager
Al Wilson .... production manager
Sound Department
Daniel J. Bloomberg .... sound (uncredited)
Charles L. Lootens .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Howard Lydecker .... special effects (uncredited)
Theodore Lydecker .... special effects (uncredited)
Earle D. Bunn .... stunts (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
George DeNormand .... stunt double: Ralph Byrd (uncredited)
Duke Green .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
George Magrill .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Allen Pomeroy .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Riebe .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Wells .... stunts (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe .... stunts (uncredited)
Duke York .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Nels Mathias .... grip (uncredited)
Bud Thackery .... process photographer (uncredited)
Bud Thackery .... unit cinematographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Ramsey .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Music Department
Alberto Colombo .... musical director (uncredited)
William Lava .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hugo Riesenfeld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)

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260 min | 254 min (15 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
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References Reefer Madness (1936)See more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Serial Revue, 30 August 2008
Author: tomwal from United States

This second entry of the Tracy serials is finally on DVD courtesy of VCI entertainment. Having viewed the first five chapters,it appears that its an improvement over the tape.Sound is Dolby Digital , sharp and crisp.Picture quality varies from chapter to chapter,but is very good overall.If the remaining chapters are the same,it would appear that VCI has done a commendable job restoring this serial,one of the best of the Tracy serials. For the time it was made, this is hard edge story telling. Charles Middleton plays Pa Stark,leader of the notorious Stark gang. He and his sons rob payrolls,deal in hot cars,and cause havoc until Tracy and his G Men get on their trail. In the opening chapter a rookie G man played by stunt ace David Sharpe is shot from behind by one of the Starks during a robbery. He survives and is placed in an iron lung. Fearing that he will identify the shooter,Pa without any remorse,unplugs the iron lung,killing the agent.This is gritty stuff for a serial in 1938! The cast is headed by Ralph Byrd who is perfect in the title roll. Mike McGurk,Junior,Steve Lockwood and Gwen return from the first entry,all played by different actors.The supporting cast,headed by Middleton are all excellent. There is extensive location shooting,chapter endings and resolutions are exciting and for the most part believable. The one downside is the music ,which from time to time, does not fit the action. Over all this long serial ,254 minutes, is fast paced and under the direction of the masters of serial making, William Witney and John English, offers fifteen chapters of non stop action. A must see for anyone who wants to see one of the best of the serial genres .

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