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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 ... Steve Lockwood

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

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

Kenneth Harlan ... Clive Anderson

Robert Carson ... Scott
Julian Madison ... Foster

Ted Mapes ... Dan Murchison
William Stahl ... Bruce
Robert Wayne ... Wilbur

Joe McGuinn ... Tom
Ken Terrell ... Ed (as Kenneth Terrell)

Harry Humphrey ... 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) &
Franklin Adreon (original screenplay) (as Franklyn Adreon) &
Rex Taylor (original screenplay) &
Ronald Davidson (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
William Lava (musical score)
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 (uncredited)
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
Alberto Colombo .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Cy Feuer .... musical director (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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Additional Details

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USA:302 min (15 chapters)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA 'High Fidelity' Recording)
UK:PG (tv rating) | USA:Passed (Classified and Passed by) (The National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #5470)

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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 StandSee 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 5 people found the following review useful.
Dick Tracy in name only, 12 September 2009
Author: ws21 from United States

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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