GenreAction, Crime, Drama ScreenplayRonald Davidson LanguageEnglish
John English WriterRonald Davidson, Norman S. Hall, William Lively, Joseph ODonnell, Joseph Poland, Chester Gould Release date27 December 1941 (serial)
8 October 1952 (re-release) DirectorsWilliam Witney, John English CastRalph Byrd, Ralph Morgan, John Davidson, Michael Owen, Jack Mulhall Similar moviesDick Tracy movies, Related William Witney movies
Dick tracy vs crime inc chapter 3 1941 serial
Dick Tracy vs. Crime, Inc. (1941) is a Republic Movie serial based on the Dick Tracy comic strip. It was directed by the team of William Witney and John English with Ralph Byrd reprising his role from the earlier serials. It was the last of the four Dick Tracy serials produced by Republic, although Ralph Byrd went on to portray the character again in two features and on television.
Dick Tracy and his allies find themselves up against a villain known as The Ghost, with the impossible ability of becoming invisible...
Ralph Byrd as Dick Tracy
Michael Owen as Bil Carr
Jan Wiley as June 'Eve' Chandler
John Davidson as Lucifer
Ralph Morgan as J.P. Morton/the Ghost
Kenneth Harlan as Police Lt Cosgrove
John Dilson as Henry Weldon
Howard C. Hickman as Stephen Chandler
Robert Frazer as Daniel Brewster
Robert Fiske as Walter Cabot
Jack Mulhall as Jim Wilson
Hooper Atchley as Arthur Trent
Anthony Warde as John Corey
Chuck Morrison as Trask
Forrest Taylor as Netzikoff's Butler
Dick Tracy vs. Crime, Inc. cost $175,919 (a $1,380 overspend).
It was filmed between 17 September and 24 October 1941 under the working titles Dick Tracy Strikes Again and Dick Tracy's Revenge. The serial's production number was 1097.
The scenes of giant waves hitting New York were recycled from the RKO Pictures film Deluge.
Most of the cliffhangers were stock footage from previous Dick Tracy serials. However, the reuse of the highlights of previous Dick Tracy serials actually added to this serial, making it seem like a "best of" compilation.
Dick Tracy vs. Crime, Inc.'s official release date is 27 December 1941, during Christmas week 1941, although this is actually the date the seventh chapter was made available to film exchanges.
The serial was re-released on 8 October 1952, under the title Dick Tracy vs. Phantom Empire, between the first runs of Zombies of the Stratosphere and Jungle Drums of Africa.
Cline states that the Dick Tracy serials were "unexcelled in the action field," adding that "in any listing of serials released after 1930, the four Dick Tracy adventures from Republic must stand out as classics of the suspense detective thrillers, and the models for many others to follow." He goes on to describe Dick Tracy vs. Crime, Inc. as one of the most outstanding of all serials.
This was a popular serial when first released and, in the opinion of Harmon and Glut, the best of the Dick Tracy serials.