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Dick Tracy (1937)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 20 February 1937 (USA)
A master criminal called The Spider puts the famous detective's brother under a hypnotic spell and turns him against Dick.

Directors:

Alan James, Ray Taylor

Writers:

Chester Gould (based on cartoon strip by), Barry Shipman (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Byrd ... Dick Tracy
Kay Hughes ... Gwen Andrews
Smiley Burnette ... Mike McGurk
Lee Van Atta Lee Van Atta ... Junior
John Picorri ... Moloch (as John Piccori)
Carleton Young ... Gordon Tracy, After
Fred Hamilton Fred Hamilton ... Steve Lockwood
Francis X. Bushman ... Chief Clive Anderson
John Dilson ... Ellery Brewster [Chs. 1, 12]
Richard Beach Richard Beach ... Gordon Tracy, Before [Chs. 1, 12]
Wedgwood Nowell ... H.T. Clayton [Chs. 8-9]
Theodore Lorch ... Patorno [Chs. 1, 12]
Edwin Stanley ... Walter Odette
Harrison Greene Harrison Greene ... Cloggerstein / Durston
Herbert Weber Herbert Weber ... Tony Martino [Ch. 1]
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Storyline

A master criminal called The Spider puts the famous detective's brother under a hypnotic spell and turns him against Dick.

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ACE G-MAN --- WAGING A ONE-MAN WAR ON CRIME! (original 11x14 lobby card) See more »


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Trivia

The background comic art (panels) shown on most of the original posters for this serial came from the Sunday "Dick Tracy" comic page of December 6, 1936. See more »

Goofs

Chapter 13: Whitey does not remember Dick Tracy, having been arrested by him. See more »

Quotes

Orphange matron [Ch. 1]: Have you seen anything of Junior? Oh, there you are! Why aren't you get on the bus with the others? Everyone was terribly worried, you bad boy!
Junior: Well, I'm sorry, ma'am.
Dick Tracy: I'd like to keep this little rascal with me for a while, Miss. You see, he can identify one of the men that got away, and his life won't be safe until this matter is cleared up.
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Crazy Credits

"Oscar & Elmer" are given final cast credits in the opening sequence. See more »

Connections

Version of Dick Tracy (1990) See more »

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He Fights the Lame One in this Lame One
15 January 2001 | by Mike-764See all my reviews

Dick Tracy is on the hunt of a mysterious criminal known as the Lame One ( he has a bum foot, but I think the title describes the villian's general appearance ), leader of the mysterious Spider Gang. The Lame One along with his hunchbacked assistant kidnap Tracy's brother, alters his appearance, and goes out fighting him endlessly throughout this boredom. This serial moves incredibly slow ( mainly this isn't a Whitney/English chapterplay ), the acting outside of Ralph Byrd is dead wood, especially Smiley Burnette. Even when the master criminal is unmasked, the audience is forced to say, Who was this guy. Add a really dumb, sentimental ending, and well you get the pic. Don't judge the next three serials based on this one. In terms of serials, 4 out of 10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adventures of Dick Tracy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (R C A Victor "High Fidelity" Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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