Dick Tracy is a long-running comic strip featuring a popular and familiar character in American pop culture. Dick Tracy is a hard-hitting, fast-shooting, and supremely intelligent police detective who has matched wits with a variety of often grotesquely ugly villains. Created by cartoonist Chester Gould in 1931, the strip made its debut appearance on October 4, 1931, distributed by the Chicago Tribune Syndicate. Gould wrote and drew the strip until 1977.
Dick Tracy had a long run on radio, from 1934 weekdays on NBC's New England stations to the ABC network in 1948. Bob Burlen was the first radio Tracy in 1934, and others heard in the role during the 1930s and 1940s were Barry Thompson, Ned Wever and Matt Crowley. The early shows all had 15-minute episodes.
Dick Tracy made his live action debut in Dick Tracy (1937), a Republic movie serial starring Ralph Byrd. This is the serial that is on this site.The character proved very popular, and a second serial, Dick Tracy Returns, appeared in 1938, and Dick Tracy's G-Men in 1939. The last was Dick Tracy vs Crime Inc in 1941.
The sequels were produced under an interpretation of the contract for the first, Dick Tracy (1937), which gave license for "a series or serial". As a result Chester Gould received no further money for the sequel serials.
After that Dick Tracy graduated to four RKO feature films, starting with Dick Tracy (aka Dick Tracy, Detective) (1945). This was followed by Dick Tracy vs. Cueball in 1946 and Dick Tracy's Dilemma in 1947. Perhaps the best known of the films was the last, Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome, with the titular villain portrayed by Boris Karloff. The first two films starred Morgan Conway, while in the later two Ralph Byrd reprised his role as Dick Tracy. These four movies had many of the visual features associated with film noir.
In 1990, Warren Beatty revived some interest in the character with his film, Dick Tracy. Beatty directed the movie and starred as Tracy in a surreal comic strip-inspired world with outlandish colors, restyled automobiles, and extensive makeup treatments for Tracy's famed villains.
1. Dick Tracy, Detective (1945) – Morgan Conway:
Dick must stop the mysterious killings of various people with no obvious connection.
2. Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946) – Morgan Conway:
Tracy hunts down the infamous Cueball when get wind of a vicious murder and a robbery of precious diamonds.
3. Dick Tracy's Dilemma (1947) – Ralph Byrd:
Dick Tracy battles the fiendish "Claw" in one of his most difficult cases.
4. Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947) – Ralph Byrd:
Dick Tracy goes up against a villain who robs banks using a nerve gas.
DESPERATE CARGO (1941) Ralph Byrd - A group of criminal hijack a clipper ship and terrorize the passengers
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