Cartoon series produced by UPA, in which Dick Tracy (voiced by the distinguished film and stage actor Everett Sloane) played more or less of an incidental role. Most of the crime fighting was left to his assistants, all originals created for the series: Hemlock Holmes (an English bulldog who talked like Cary Grant), the calorically challenged beat cop Heap O'Calorie (who talked like Andy Devine), and the offensively (today) stereotyped Latino and Asian characters Go-Go Gomez and Joe Jitsu, respectively. Most of the familiar Tracy villains from the comic strip (Flattop, Mumbles, Pruneface, etc.) were featured here, as well. In addition to Sloane, such talented voice persons and character actors as Benny Rubin, Paul Frees, and Mel Blanc handled much of the voice-work for this series.
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A recurring gag used on the series is that if one of Dick Tracy's assistant detectives found themselves in danger, such as if he fell off a cliff or a bullet was speeding towards him, he would yell "Hold everything!" and the action would then screech to a halt in obedience and "wait" while the detective called Headquarters for further instructions. Only after the call ended with the catchphrase sign-off "Six two and even, over and out" did the action then resume. See more
OK Chief, I'll get onto it right away.
Some airings delete all of the segments featuring Joe Jitsu and Go-Go Gomez due to protests over the ethnic stereotypes portrayed in them. See more