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Release Date:
2 September 1939 (USA) See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Ralph Byrd ... Dick Tracy

Irving Pichel ... Nicolas Zarnoff
Ted Pearson ... Agent Steve Lockwood

Jennifer Jones ... Gwen Andrews (as Phyllis Isley)

Walter Miller ... Henchman Robal
George Douglas ... Henchman Sandoval

Kenneth Harlan ... FBI Chief Clive Anderson [Chs. 13-15]

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]
Harrison Greene ... Baron [Ch. 14]
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Broderick O'Farrell ... Russell (scenes deleted)
George Allen ... Barge Crewman (uncredited)
Reginald Barlow ... Dr. Alfred Guttenbach (uncredited)

Ed Brady ... Jonas (uncredited)
Robert Brister ... Dr. Kranz (uncredited)
Earle D. Bunn ... Al (uncredited)
George Burton ... Henchman (uncredited)

Budd Buster ... Cappy (uncredited)
Louis Caits ... Jerry the Human Fly (uncredited)

Ed Cassidy ... Yacht Captain (uncredited)
James Cassidy ... Mr. Collins (uncredited)
Allan Cavan ... 2nd Warden (uncredited)
Eddie Cherkose ... Thug in Ghost Town (uncredited)

George Cleveland ... Gramps Williams (uncredited)

Edmund Cobb ... Lt. Reynolds (uncredited)

Tristram Coffin ... Emissary Zobar (uncredited)
Russell Collier ... Police Dispatcher (uncredited)

Ken Cooper ... Gus (uncredited)
Alan Davis ... Capt. Link (uncredited)

George DeNormand ... Jack (uncredited)
Charles Dorety ... Barge Thug (uncredited)
Curley Dresden ... Thug on Boat (uncredited)
James Fawcett ... Thug in House (uncredited)
Joseph Forte ... Stanton (uncredited)
Jerry Frank ... Jake (uncredited)

Charles K. French ... Doctor (uncredited)

Milton Frome ... Officer (uncredited)

Bud Geary ... Ben (uncredited)
Ray Harper ... Martin (uncredited)
Robert Hartford ... Gus (uncredited)
Barry Hays ... Johnson (uncredited)

Edward Hearn ... Forest Ranger (uncredited)

Reed Howes ... Slim (uncredited)

Charles Hutchison ... Brandon (uncredited)

Lloyd Ingraham ... Judge Stoddard (uncredited)
Perry Ivins ... Emissary Telef (uncredited)
Bob Jamison ... Thug at Truck (uncredited)
Ray Johnson ... Phony Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)

Jack Kenney ... Ward (uncredited)

Ethan Laidlaw ... Pete (uncredited)
William Lally ... Thug in Ghost Town (uncredited)
Harry Lang ... Barossa (uncredited)
Raymond Largay ... FRussell (uncredited)

Bert LeBaron ... Thug at Lighthouse (uncredited)
John Locke ... Newscaster (uncredited)

Carey Loftin ... Trooper on Foot (uncredited)
Merrill McCormick ... Green's Assistant (uncredited)
Millard McGowan ... Thug at Hangar (uncredited)

Sammy McKim ... Sammy Williams (uncredited)
Frank Meredith ... Officer Duffy (uncredited)
Walter Merrill ... Junior Officer (uncredited)
Bruce Mitchell ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
John Moloney ... Tim (uncredited)

Monte Montague ... Bayside Dock Thug (uncredited)
Charles Murphy ... Stopes (uncredited)

Bill Nestell ... Thug in Truck (uncredited)

Frank O'Connor ... Army Captain (uncredited)

Eddie Parker ... Bayside Dock Thug (uncredited)

Edward Peil Sr. ... Price (uncredited)
Charles Phillips ... Thug on Barge (uncredited)
Allen Pomeroy ... Bayside Dock Thug (uncredited)

Stanley Price ... Dr. Shang (uncredited)
Jack Raymond ... Gus Fleming (uncredited)
Charles Regan ... Thug at Dam (uncredited)
Jack Roberts ... Lenny Slade (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Bigelow Sayre ... Davis (uncredited)
Fred Schaefer ... Bayside Dock Thug (uncredited)
Gilman Shelton ... Joe (uncredited)

Charles Sherlock ... Car 14 Trooper (uncredited)
Lee Shumway ... Burke (uncredited)
Cy Slocum ... Thug in House (uncredited)

Tom Steele ... Lighthouse and House Thug (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Brody (uncredited)
Bernard Suss ... Emissary Lassen (uncredited)

Josef Swickard ... Presidente Huenemo Mendoza (uncredited)

Al Taylor ... Launch Henchman (uncredited)

Forrest Taylor ... Mr. Stevens (uncredited)

Bob Terry ... Benton (uncredited)

Sailor Vincent ... Intern (uncredited)
Peter von Ziegler ... Green (uncredited)
Herman E. Webber ... James Robinson (uncredited)

Wally West ... Henchman in Office (uncredited)
Bill Wilkus ... Thug at Hangar (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe ... Bill / 3rd Ghost Town Thug (uncredited)

Bill Yrigoyen ... Howard (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen ... Barge Crewman (uncredited)

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

Chester Gould (based on cartoon strip by)

Produced by
Robert M. Beche .... associate producer
Original Music by
William Lava (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell (uncredited)
Cinematography by
William Nobles (photography)
Film Editing by
Bernard Loftus 
William P. Thompson  (as William Thompson)
Edward Todd 
Art Direction by
John Victor Mackay (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Morris Braun (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Bob Mark .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Mack D'Agostino .... unit manager
Al Wilson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Louis Germonprez .... assistant director
Theodore Joos .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Martin Hershey .... props (uncredited)
Ted Pearson .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Daniel J. Bloomberg .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Earl Crain Sr. .... sound (uncredited)
Charles L. Lootens .... sound (uncredited)
Fred Stahl .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Howard Lydecker .... special effects (uncredited)
Theodore Lydecker .... special effects (uncredited)
Ken Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
George DeNormand .... stunt double: Ralph Byrd (uncredited)
James Fawcett .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Frank .... stunts (uncredited)
Bud Geary .... stunts (uncredited)
Bert LeBaron .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Mapes .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Allen Pomeroy .... stunts (uncredited)
Charles Regan .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunt double: Irving Pichel (uncredited)
Ken Terrell .... stunts (uncredited)
Sid Troy .... stunts (uncredited)
Wally West .... stunts (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Yrigoyen .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Hangar .... gaffer (uncredited)
Edgar Lyons .... camera operator (uncredited)
Nels Mathias .... grip (uncredited)
Monte Steadman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Sid Swaney .... assistant gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Carson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Adele Palmer .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Robert Ramsey .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Murray Seldeen .... supervising editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Cy Feuer .... musical director
Alberto Colombo .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Bob Clark .... script supervisor (uncredited)
R.G. Springsteen .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Sid Troy .... stand-in: John Ward (uncredited)

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USA:302 min (15 chapters)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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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 »
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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Tracy vs. the Master Spy, 13 June 2001
Author: Mike-764 from Rego Park, NY

Zarnoff, the world's most notorious spy, is sentenced to death in the gas chamber for his activities. Zarnoff escapes through a drug he ingests before being brought to the death chamber. For the rest of the serial, he wages war with the man who sent him there, Dick Tracy. Very good cat and mouse game between Tracy and Zarnoff, couple with good action sequences, make this serial well recommended. Watch for the stock footage of the Hindenburg disaster. Great score as well. In terms of serials, 9 out of 10.

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