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Release Date:
27 December 1941 (USA) See more »
DICK TRACY'S CHALLENGE! America's greatest detective hurls defiance into the shadows of the Underworld in his search for murderous criminals who threaten New York's destruction. The top Tracy Serial of all time.
Dick Tracy goes up against a villain known as The Ghost, who can turn himself invisible. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Ralph Byrd ... Dick Tracy

Michael Owen ... Billy Carr

Jan Wiley ... June 'Eve' Chandler

John Davidson ... Lucifer

Ralph Morgan ... J.P. Morton

Kenneth Harlan ... Police Lt. Cosgrove

John Dilson ... Henry Weldon

Howard C. Hickman ... Stephen Chandler

Robert Frazer ... Daniel Brewster

Robert Fiske ... Walter Cabot

Jack Mulhall ... Jim Wilson

Hooper Atchley ... Arthur Trent

Anthony Warde ... John Corey
Chuck Morrison ... Trask
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Carol Adams ... Nurse (uncredited)
George Allen ... Pier Heavy 2 (uncredited)
Frank Alten ... Arno Draga (uncredited)
John Bagni ... Pete (uncredited)

Griff Barnett ... Plant Watchman (uncredited)

Ray Bennett ... Brownstone Heavy 1 (uncredited)
Sam Bernard ... Ambulance Thug QR14 (uncredited)

Edward Biby ... Grill Patron (uncredited)

Lynton Brent ... Telephone Serviceman (uncredited)
Benny Burt ... Nick (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Dr. Henderson (uncredited)

Edmund Cobb ... Police Guard at Chandler's Gate (uncredited)
John Webb Dillon ... Government Inspector (uncredited)
Mike Donovan ... Jail Guard (uncredited)
Douglas Evans ... Police Broadcaster (uncredited)
James Fawcett ... Plant Heavy 2 (uncredited)

Terry Frost ... Drake (uncredited)

Bud Geary ... Plant Heavy 7 (uncredited)

Chuck Hamilton ... Tear Gas Cop (uncredited)
William Hamner ... Intern (uncredited)
Ray Hanson ... Armored Car Chief / Corporal with Message (uncredited)
Barry Hays ... Chester (uncredited)

Edward Hearn ... Cutter Captain (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... Army Officer (uncredited)
Warren Jackson ... Junction Heavy 3 (uncredited)

John James ... Davis, Patrol Guard (uncredited)
Marjorie Kane ... Cigarette Girl (uncredited)

Jack Kenney ... Police Lt. Berke (uncredited)
Richard Kipling ... Customs Inspector (uncredited)
Joe Kirk ... Brownstone Heavy 3 (uncredited)

Fred Kohler Jr. ... House Heavy (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ... Canfield (uncredited)

Nora Lane ... Trent's Secretary (uncredited)

Bert LeBaron ... Pete Collins / Plant Heavy 1 (uncredited)

Carl M. Leviness ... Airport Passenger (uncredited)
Alexander Lockwood ... Smith (uncredited)
Jacques Lory ... Brownstone Heavy 2 (uncredited)
Julian Madison ... Ranger (uncredited)
Charles McAvoy ... Police Guard at Chandler's Gate (uncredited)

Walter McGrail ... Junction Heavy 1 / Marine Captain (uncredited)
Charles McMurphy ... 2nd Yard Guard (uncredited)
Frank Meredith ... Army Messenger (uncredited)

John Merton ... Brent (uncredited)
Charles Miller ... Cmdr. Haees (uncredited)

Walter Miller ... Launch Heavy (archive footage) (uncredited)

Howard M. Mitchell ... Officer Riley (uncredited)
Frances Morris ... Phone Operator (uncredited)
Pat O'Shea ... Car Heavy (uncredited)

Eddie Parker ... Hideout Heavy (uncredited)
George Peabody ... Driver (uncredited)
Charles Phillips ... Plant Heavy 10 (uncredited)

Stanley Price ... Barn Heavy QR10 (uncredited)
Hugh Prosser ... Patrol Captain (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Plainclothesman (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ... Plant Heavy 5 (uncredited)

Buddy Roosevelt ... Pier Heavy 3 (uncredited)
Wally Rose ... Roof Heavy (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Tom (uncredited)
Fred Schaefer ... Dawson (uncredited)
Cy Schindell ... Plant Heavy 8 (uncredited)

David Sharpe ... Pier Heavy 1 (uncredited)

C. Montague Shaw ... Dr. Jonathan Martin (uncredited)

Al Taylor ... Launch Heavy (uncredited)
Duke Taylor ... Deck Heavy / Plant Heavy 6 (uncredited)

Forrest Taylor ... Netzikoff's Butler (uncredited)

Harry Tenbrook ... Junction Heavy 2 (uncredited)
Ken Terrell ... Plant Heavy 4 (uncredited)
Edward Thomas ... Bartender (uncredited)
Evan Thomas ... Plant Heavy 9 (uncredited)
Sid Troy ... Guard in Alley / Decoy Driver (uncredited)

Archie Twitchell ... Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Max Waizmann ... Telegrapher (uncredited)

Robert J. Wilke ... Cutter Helmsman (uncredited)
Bill Wilkus ... Chuck / Plant Heavy 3 (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe ... Grill Room Heavy (uncredited)

Directed by
John English 
William Witney 
Writing credits
Ronald Davidson (original screenplay) and
Norman S. Hall (original screenplay) and
William Lively (original screenplay) and
Joseph O'Donnell (original screenplay) and
Joseph F. Poland (original screenplay) (as Joseph Poland)

Chester Gould (based on cartoon strip by)

Produced by
William J. O'Sullivan .... associate producer
Original Music by
Cy Feuer 
Ross DiMaggio (uncredited)
Mort Glickman (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell (uncredited)
Arnold Schwarzwald (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Reggie Lanning 
Film Editing by
Tony Martinelli 
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
Art Department
Fred C. Brannon .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Roy Wade .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Daniel J. Bloomberg .... sound (uncredited)
Charles L. Lootens .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Howard Lydecker .... special effects
Theodore Lydecker .... special effects (uncredited)
James Fawcett .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunt double: Forrest Taylor [Ch. 2], Michael Owen & Jack Mulhall [Ch. 5] (uncredited)
Duke Taylor .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Terrell .... stunts (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe .... stunt double: Ralph Byrd (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lee Lukather .... chief grip (uncredited)
Nels Mathias .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adele Palmer .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Robert Ramsey .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dick Tracy vs. the Phantom Empire" - USA (reissue title)
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263 min (15 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

Did You Know?

Chapter Titles: 1) The Fatal Hour, 2) The Prisoner Vanishes, 3) Doom Patrol, 4) Dead Man's Trap, 5) Murder at Sea, 6) Besieged, 7) Sea Racketeers, 8) Train of Doom, 9) Beheaded, 10) Flaming Peril, 11) Seconds to Live, 12) Trail by Fire, 13) The Challenge, 14) Invisible Terror, 15) Retribution.See more »
Errors in geography: Action takes place in and around New York City, but has California scenery.See more »
Lucifer:I begin to see your plan. By creating a reign of terror, you can force the city to accept any demands you make!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Dick Tracy Special (2010) (TV)See more »


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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Serial review, 4 March 2002
Author: tomwal from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Even the opening credits as a police car races at high speed down a city street is exciting!The plot in summary is that "The Ghost" seeks revenge against the people that he feels are responsible for his brothers death.With the aid of a mechanical device,he can make himself invisable.The special effects for this are excellent.Ralph Byrd reprises his role as Tracy,and Ralph Morgan is his adversary.Music,photography,acting and direction are first rate.Another excellent Tracy serial from Republic.

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