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Dick Tracy's G-Men (1939)

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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Gwen Andrews (as Phyllis Isley)
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Robal
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Clive Anderson
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Dan Murchison
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Wilbur
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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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Action | Mystery | Crime

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

2 September 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dick Tracy and His G-Men  »

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$163,530 (estimated)
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(15 chapters)

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(RCA 'High Fidelity' Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Chapter Titles: 1. The Master Spy 2. Captured 3. The False Signal 4. The Enemy Strikes 5. Crack-Up! 6. Sunken Peril 7. Tracking the Enemy 8. Chamber of Doom 9. Flames of Jeopardy 10.Crackling Fury 11.Caverns of Peril 12.Fight in the Sky 13.The Fatal Ride 14.Getaway 15. The Last Stand See more »

Quotes

Nicolas Zarnoff: [in death cell awaiting execution] Do you think I'm afraid of death?
Dick Tracy: No, Zarnoff, you probably hold the same contempt for it that you held for the lives of others.
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Lack of G force
29 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

I saw the feature film version of this serial. There is very little about this movie that screams Dick Tracy to me.

It is a silly creaky spy caper with criminal Nicolas Zarnoff escaping execution by feigning his death through some mysterious drug and Tracy and his fellow FBI agents pursue him.

There are regular cliffhangers, at one point Tracy is hanging off a plane, there is stock footage used from an airship disaster but it also looks archaic to modern eyes. The scene where Tracy and his men take a conveniently parked cab when their car has a flat tyre and the cab driver turns out to be a henchman.


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