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Dick Tracy Returns (1938)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 20 August 1938 (USA)
Dick Tracy battles spies and saboteurs in his efforts to bring to justice the Stark gang, a criminal family led by the vicious Pa Stark.

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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
Lynne Roberts ... Gwen Andrews (as Lynn Roberts)
Charles Middleton ... Pa Stark
Jerry Tucker ... Junior
David Sharpe ... Agent Ron Merton
Lee Ford Lee Ford ... Mike McGurk
Michael Kent Michael Kent ... Agent Steve Lockwood
John Merton ... Champ Stark
Ray Bennett ... Trigger Stark (as Raphael Bennett)
Jack Roberts Jack Roberts ... Dude Stark
Ned Glass ... Kid Stark [Chs. 1, 13]
Eddie Foster Eddie Foster ... Joe Hanner, Taxi Driver [Chs. 1, 13] (as Edward Foster)
Alan Gregg Alan Gregg ... Jimmy 'Snub' Madison, thug
Reed Howes ... Agent Rance
Bob Terry ... Agent Reynolds (as Robert Terry)
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Dick Tracy battles spies and saboteurs in his efforts to bring to justice the Stark gang, a criminal family led by the vicious Pa Stark.

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Taglines:

G-MEN VS. GUNMEN in an ALL-NEW thrill-packed series of adventures...with DICK TRACY...the greatest G-Man of them all leading the chase (original three-sheet poster) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Return of Dick Tracy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$156,991 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor "High Fidelity" Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The budget (expected cost) of this serial was $156,991. The actual cost (negative cost) came in at $170,940. See more »

Goofs

Max Allan Collins, in the opening introduction, states that Junior was the only character carried over from 'Dick Tracy' 1937. He was wrong. Gwen Andews, Mike McGurk and Steve Lockwood were preset also. See more »

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Followed by Dick Tracy's G-Men (1939) See more »

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Serial Revue
30 August 2008 | by tomwalSee all my reviews

This second entry of the Tracy serials is finally on DVD courtesy of VCI entertainment. Having viewed the first five chapters,it appears that its an improvement over the tape.Sound is Dolby Digital , sharp and crisp.Picture quality varies from chapter to chapter,but is very good overall.If the remaining chapters are the same,it would appear that VCI has done a commendable job restoring this serial,one of the best of the Tracy serials. For the time it was made, this is hard edge story telling. Charles Middleton plays Pa Stark,leader of the notorious Stark gang. He and his sons rob payrolls,deal in hot cars,and cause havoc until Tracy and his G Men get on their trail. In the opening chapter a rookie G man played by stunt ace David Sharpe is shot from behind by one of the Starks during a robbery. He survives and is placed in an iron lung. Fearing that he will identify the shooter,Pa without any remorse,unplugs the iron lung,killing the agent.This is gritty stuff for a serial in 1938! The cast is headed by Ralph Byrd who is perfect in the title roll. Mike McGurk,Junior,Steve Lockwood and Gwen return from the first entry,all played by different actors.The supporting cast,headed by Middleton are all excellent. There is extensive location shooting,chapter endings and resolutions are exciting and for the most part believable. The one downside is the music ,which from time to time, does not fit the action. Over all this long serial ,254 minutes, is fast paced and under the direction of the masters of serial making, William Witney and John English, offers fifteen chapters of non stop action. A must see for anyone who wants to see one of the best of the serial genres .


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