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Dick Tracy Returns


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Product Details

  • Actors: Ralph Byrd, Lynn Roberts, Charles Middleton, Jerry Tucker, David Sharpe
  • Directors: John English, William Witney
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 254 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018AB7ZS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,497 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dick Tracy Returns" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Pa Stark (Charles Middleton, Ming the Merciless of FLASH GORDON fame) and his five criminal sons are holding America in a grip of terror. It is up to Dick Tracy and his G-Men to bring the ruthless Starks to justice in a thrill-packed chapter play. Fast-paced, non-stop action is the hallmark of Witney and English, who from 1937 to 1941 directed for Republic Pictures some serials that are generally regarded as the finest ever to come out of Hollywood. DICK TRACY RETURNS belongs to that select group of super serials, and it is pure gold for thrill lovers. 15 Chapters. Bonus Features <\b> Scene Selection, Trailers, Intro by Max Allan Collins, Adlets Product Specs 1-DVD5 & 1-DVD9; Dolby Digital; 254 minutes; B&W; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA NR; Year 1938; SRP - $29.99.

Customer Reviews

Excellent, speedy service.
Robert W. Gustafson
I feel that it is easily the worst of the series (even worse that Crime Inc.)
Jason Guice
Has all the action, comedy, and mystery that you crave.
Richard Smith

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MacDuff on July 10, 2008
Format: DVD
I am a fan of the four Dick Tracy serials and bought each of them on VHS when they where first released, the final three serials by VCI. I was very happy to see they finally got around to releasing this one, so why the but. I had bought the first serial again when it was brought out on DVD, I chose to buy the version released by Marengo Films and was glad I did. They used a superior print and gave us a near flawless copy. Unfortunately VCI did not do the same here. It could well be they used the best print available to them, but there must be other copies out there they could have used to fix the main flaw which is several scenes being washed out to a white screen. Perhaps this was the best they could do as I did not notice any of the broken film frames that I recall where present in the VHS release. I encourage you to buy this if you enjoy the old movie serials and especially the old Dick Tracy's. Good sales will encourage them to release the many serials they still have in their vaults. All of these have long since past into the public domain, so if they won't hopefully some other studio will.
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Format: DVD
VCI Entertainment and Republic Pictures presents Chester Gould's comic strip creation "DICK TRACY RETURNS" (20 August 1938) (254 mins/B&W) (Dolby digitally remastered) --- A 15-episode serial in which this sequel to the 1937 serial is much better --- Tracy is on the trail of Pa Stark ( Charles Middleton gives a great performance ) and his five sons --- After killing a rookie G-Man, Tracy goes after the youngest son named the Kid and through out the serial he battles the enemy agents and saboteurs Stark is mixed up with to bring the master criminal to justice --- Very action packed, with excellent direction from two of the best William Witney and John English.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Flynt on September 9, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
So glad to get a fine print of this Republic serial. Max Collins introduces the film and since he wrote the Dick Tracy comic strip what a fitting tribute. Ironically Dave Sharpe only acts in the film and I saw little evidence of his incomperable stunt work. Of course Ralph Byrd does look more at ease with the character and Charles Middleton does another admirable job. VCI is to be commended on searching and finding good prints of old films thought lost in the caverns of public domain. I am anxiously awaiting the completion of the Republic cannon of Dick Tracy movies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neal Reynolds VINE VOICE on April 19, 2009
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I did miss there not being more quirky characters as those in the first serial. However, Charles Middleton can't be surpassed as a villain and the final confrontation in the last chapter is classic. I also especially enjoyed, in the next to last chapter, Gwen's enjoyment of having spotted something suspicious about the blond floozy which even Tracy missed...and the laughingly unexpected scene afterwards with Tracy and the blond walking down the street.There's loads of typical L.A. area scenery in this with the look at the area as it was in the late 30's. And of course lots of action. Serial afficianados will love this one, although I don't think it quite came up to the original which had both quirky characters and gimmicks like the flying wing.
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Format: VHS Tape
VCI Entertainment and Republic Pictures present based on Chester Gould's comic strip creation..."Dick Tracy Returns" (1938) (Dolby digitally remastered), with 15 Chapters of vintage serial episodes loaded with action sequences...story line has the Stark Family on the most wanted list led by the father Pa Stark (Middleton)...the family has joined saboteurs and a gang of spies all for the sake of the green stuff...can Dick Tracy (Byrd) pick up the trail of Stark and his five sons who will stop at nothing to do him in while making life miserable for the entire Republic crew...will justice prevail as Tracy and his agents mix it up with long time master criminal Stark...is this the best performance Middleton has given to date, can we honestly say he's a scene stealer.......well "serial-buffs" don't leave the theater until the final chapter is over and done with ....just remember double thrills, chills, mystery and suspense...hitting the bull's eye with excitement...don't miss a single spine thrilling episode..return next week to this local theater for another episode of action and adventure that will keep you thrilled until the next chapter.

Under director's William Witney and John English, associate producer Robert M Beche, Original screenplay by Franklin Adreon, Ronald Davidson, Barry Shipman, Sol Shor, Rex Taylor, musical score by Alberto Colombo, William Lava, Hugo Riesenfeld....
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