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Dick Tracy Serial Cliffhanger

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Dick Tracy (1937) is a 15-Chapter Republic movie serial starring Ralph Byrd based on the Dick Tracy comic strip by Chester Gould. It was directed by Alan James and Ray Taylor.

Dick Tracy's foe for this serial is the crime boss and Masked Mystery Villain The Spider/The Lame One (both names are used) and his Spider Ring. In the process of various crimes, including using his Flying wing and sound weapon to destroy the Bay Bridge in San Francisco and stealing an experimental "Speed Plane", the Spider captures Dick Tracy's brother, Gordon. The Spider's minion, Dr. Moloch, performs a brain operation on Gordon Tracy to turn him evil, making him secretly part of the Spider Ring and so turning brother against brother.

In this serial, Dick Tracy is a G-Man (FBI) in San Francisco rather than a Midwestern city police detective as in the comic strip. Most of the Dick Tracy supporting cast and rogues gallery were also dropped and new, original characters used instead. Dick Tracy creator Chester Gould approved the script despite these changes.

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Released:  Feb 20, 1937            Entered Public Domain:  Feb 20, 1966 

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Dick Tracy

Dick Tracy Chapter 01: The Spider Strikes (29 min 31s)

Dick Tracy Chapter 02: The Bridge of Terror (19 min 11s)

Dick Tracy Chapter 03: The Fur Pirates (20 min 25s)

Dick Tracy Chapter 04: Death Rides the Sky (20 min 49s)

Dick Tracy Chapter 05: Brother Against Brother (19 min 14s)

Dick Tracy Chapter 06: Dangerous Waters (16 min 52s)

Dick Tracy Chapter 07: The Ghost Town Mystery (20 min 11s)

Dick Tracy Chapter 08: Battle in the Clouds (18 min 40s)

Dick Tracy Chapter 09: The Stratosphere Adventure (18 min 00s)

Dick Tracy Chapter 10: The Gold Ship (18 min 28s)

Dick Tracy Chapter 11: Harbor Pursuit (16 min 35s)

Dick Tracy Chapter 12: The Trail of the Spider (17 min 39s)

Dick Tracy Chapter 13: The Fire Trap (16 min 45s)

Dick Tracy Chapter 14: The Devil in White (20 min 35s)

Dick Tracy Chapter 15: Brothers United (16 min 59s)

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