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Dick Tracy vs Crime Inc.

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Chester Gould modeled his famous comic strip sleuth on the features of square-jawed actor Jack Holt, but it is Ralph Byrd who became the definitive Dick Tracy on the big screen. In this action-packed chapter play, Tracy battles the Ghost, a fiendish master criminal who has the ability to make himself invisible. One of the Ghost's less savory ambitions is to wipe out New York City with a gigantic tidal wave. Can Dick Tracy save the Big Apple from being swallowed up by the sea? Don't miss a single thrilling minute! Bonus Features: Episode Selection, Intro by Max Allan Collins, Photo Gallery Product Specs: 1-DVD9 & 1-DVD5; Dolby Digital; 263 minutes; B&W; 1.33 Aspect Ratio; MPAA NR; Year 1941; SRP - $29.99

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  • Actors: Ralph Byrd, Michael Owen, Jan Wiley, Ralph Morgan, John Davidson
  • Directors: William Witney, John English
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, 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: October 21, 2008
  • Run Time: 263 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EI5BWE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,764 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Kohl; on June 5, 2012
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"Dick Tracy vs. Crime Incorporated" is a 15 chapter Republic serial, the last of the four with Ralph Byrd as Dick Tracy, released in late December of 1941. It is also the last of the 17 serials directed by the team of William Witney and John English.

A mysterious criminal, known as "The Ghost" seeks revenge on members of the "Council of Eight" who helped send his brother, "Rackets" Regan, to the Chair. They had planned to build a vast orgnization, called "Crime, Incorporated" which now The Ghost, secretly a member of the Council, will carry out alone, with the aid of an invisibility machine developed by his associate, Lucifer (John Davidson). As the story begins, two members of the Council have already been killed, and Tracy arrives too late to save criminologist Dr. Stephen Chandler (Howard C. Hickman), killed at close range despite being heavily guarded. While Tracy and the police are baffled, they had noticed an odd sound, caused by Lucifer's invisibility machine. Tracy spends the next fourteen chapters tracking that sound, battling the Ghost's schemes and trying to learn his identity.

For purposes of the serial the acting is fine, with Ralph Byrd as reliable as ever as the square-jawed detective/G-man, supported mostly by agent Bill Carr played by Michael Owen. Instead of Gwen, the main female role is June (Jan Wiley), the daughter of the late Dr. Chambers, but she appears no more often than Gwen did in the other serials. She finally gets to do something in Chapter Ten, analyzing the sound of Lucifer's machine. Jan Wiley had better roles in Universal's 1945 serials "Secret Agent X-9" and "The Master Key.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 18, 2008
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VCI Entertainment and Republic Pictures present based on Chester Gould's comic strip creation..."DICK TRACY VS CRIME INC" (27 December 1941) (263 mins) (Glorious Black & White) (Dolby digitally remastered) -- 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 --- Chester Gould retired from comics in 1977; his last Dick Tracy strip appeared in print on Sunday, December 25 of that year --- The following Monday, Dick Tracy was taken over by Max Allan Collins and longtime Gould assistant Rick Fletcher --- Gould's name remained in the byline for a few years after his retirement as a story consultant -- (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Under the production staff of:
William Witney - Director
Jon English - Director
William J. O'Sullivan - Associate Producer
Ronald Davidson - Screenwriter
Norman S. Hall - Screenwriter
William Lively - Screenwriter
Joseph O'Donnell - Screenwriter
Joseph F Poland - Screenwriter
Walter Bullock - Musical Score
Cy Feuer - Musical Score
Reggie Lanning - Cinematographer
Tony Martinelli - Film Editor
Edward Todd - Film Editor
Fred C.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Neal Reynolds VINE VOICE on May 7, 2009
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Well, I think so anyway. Bill Witney and John English directed the three sequels to the original and established themselves and Repulic studios as masters of the serial genre with the choreographed fights, well crafted chapter endings, and overall care in making these entertaining.I put this one above the other Dick Tracy serials because they really outdid themselves in packing it with continuous action and imaginatively crafted scenes including ones in the middle of chapters which rivaled the chapter endings. This one does have a higher body count than most serials. There are six suspects who may be the invisible "Ghost" at the beginning and only two still alive by the start of the final chapter.One very unusual thing to note is that unlike most of Republic's crime serials, there is no "economy chapter" in which we have flashbacks to scenes in previous chapters.If you enjoy serials, you should love this one.
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When I first viewed a few 16mm chapters of this incredibly well-paced serial at a film convention back in the late 1970s, I was immediately captivated by the excellent mystery angle and the rousing soundtrack...some of the best Republic music scoring since viewing three of my other Republic favorites: Adventures Of Captain Marvel, Manhunt Of Mystery Island and Zorro's Fighting Legion. Dick Tracy Vs. Crime, Inc. has not one dull moment throughout the entire 15 chapters. To correct another reviewer, this was the 4th, (not the 3rd) serial on Dick Tracy. I loved how the camera followed the close-up action...particularly in the chapter 2 fight scenes between Ralph Byrd and Forrest Taylor. Given the frail frame of Forrest Taylor (as the butler) one has to believe there had to be a stunt double taking the shellacking Tracy gave him. The fight, and the tension buildup preceding it was a masterful piece of cinema. This VCI release has in my opinion, the superior picture quality that surpasses all other official copies I've ever seen out there. However, the audio could definitely stand some enhancement. After the 70's film convention viewing, I bought a perfect Beta copy (from a private collector) of this serial. The picture and sound was absolutely much so, that I had to phone and thank the seller. When he answered the phone, I sensed in his voice, a tone of apprehension as if to be awaiting a complaint. He seemed surprised, that I really called to express to him my heartfelt gratitude for such a pristine Beta video copy. So, many thanks to VCI for coming up with a dvd copy which pretty much matches the Beta copy I enjoyed decades ago. Now, if only VCI can come out with an improved audio copy....?
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