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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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Barry Shipman (original screenplay), Franklin Adreon (original screenplay) (as Franklyn Adreon) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Byrd ... Dick Tracy
Irving Pichel ... Nicolas Zarnoff
Ted Pearson ... Steve Lockwood
Jennifer Jones ... Gwen Andrews (as Phyllis Isley)
Walter Miller ... Robal
George Douglas George Douglas ... Sandoval
Kenneth Harlan ... Clive Anderson
Robert Carson ... Scott
Julian Madison Julian Madison ... Foster
Ted Mapes ... Dan Murchison
William Stahl William Stahl ... Bruce
Robert Wayne Robert Wayne ... Wilbur
Joe McGuinn ... Tom
Ken Terrell ... Ed (as Kenneth Terrell)
Harry Humphrey ... Stover [Chs. 1, 13]
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Action | Mystery | Crime

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Listed in closing credits as 'A REPUBLIC Serial'. 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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Connections

Follows Dick Tracy Returns (1938) See more »

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JENNIFER JONES' REPUBLIC DAYS
12 March 2003 | by m0rphySee all my reviews

This video, from a film series made in 1939, is a classic example of a hangover from the silent era for action films, when heros & heroines stood in mortal peril at the end of the film, only to magically escape when the punters returned from their suspense the following week to see what happened in the next serial.This is a classic marketing ploy seen several times in this combined film.

The previous reviewer adequately summarised the plot.I bought it to obtain a copy of the second feature film ever made by Jennifer Jones when she was still Phyllis Isley (her given name).Made at the low budget minded Republic Films, this was her second attempt at Hollywood stardom at Republic, her first & easier to obtain, was "Frontier Horizon" with John Wayne.However, the low status and lack of character depth of roles (not to say money) offered, left her somewhat disillusioned and after this film she returned to New York with her then new husband of that year, Robert Walker, for a second crack at stage stardom on the "Great White Way".

In this film she plays Gwen Andrews, Dick Tracey's girl Friday, a role like Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond saga, you will note was played by another actress from the 1937 series.An interesting example of the serial film genre from the 1930's.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dick Tracy and His G-Men See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$163,530 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(15 chapters)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA 'High Fidelity' Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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