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Dick Tracy's G-Men (1939)

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A mad doctor named Zanoff uses a drug to bring himself back from the dead after his execution in prison. Dick Tracy sets out to capture Zanoff before he can put his criminal gang back together again.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Byrd ...
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Nicolas Zarnoff
Ted Pearson ...
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Gwen Andrews (as Phyllis Isley)
Walter Miller ...
Henchman Robal
George Douglas ...
Henchman Sandoval
Kenneth Harlan ...
Robert Carson ...
Agent Scott
Julian Madison ...
Agent Foster
Ted Mapes ...
Agent Dan Murchison
William Stahl ...
Agent Bruce
Robert Wayne ...
Agent Wilbur
Joe McGuinn ...
Henchman Tom
Ken Terrell ...
Henchman Ed (as Kenneth Terrell)
Harry Humphrey ...
Warden Stover [Chs. 1, 13]
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Storyline

A mad doctor named Zanoff uses a drug to bring himself back from the dead after his execution in prison. Dick Tracy sets out to capture Zanoff before he can put his criminal gang back together again.

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Action | Mystery | Crime

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Release Date:

2 September 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dick Tracy and His G-Men  »

Box Office

Budget:

$163,530 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(15 chapters)

Sound Mix:

(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Republic Pictures allocated a budget of $159,876 to make this film. The actual cost (negative cost) was $163,530, or nearly $4,000 over the budget. See more »

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Follows Dick Tracy Returns (1938) See more »

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Dick Tracy in name only
12 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Typical of the Hollywood approach to comic strip characters, particularly in serials, the studio acquires the rights to the name so they can advertise it outside the theater, but pays no further attention to the things that made the original successful Here, Dick Tracy is not a cop but a G-man. No Pat Patton, but a sidekick named Steve Lockwood. No Tess Truehart, but secretary named Gwen. Only Junior survives the transition the the screen, spending most of his time with another new character named Mike McGurk, played by Smiley Burnette for comic relief.

My guess is that Republic already had a script on the shelf called "King of the FBI" or some such, and just changed the name of the title character. You can see the same approach in the Captain America serial.

A great serial, but it's not Dick Tracy.


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