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Dick Tracy Returns
Dick Tracy Returns
Actors: Ralph Byrd, Lynn Roberts, Charles Middleton, Jerry Tucker, David Sharpe
Director: John English;William Witney
Genres: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2008     4hr 14min

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 th...  more »


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Actors: Ralph Byrd, Lynn Roberts, Charles Middleton, Jerry Tucker, David Sharpe
Director: John English;William Witney
Genres: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Crime, Mystery & Suspense
Format: DVD - Black and White
DVD Release Date: 06/24/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 4hr 14min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Good Movie Serial, but
Jeffrey B. Griffith | Fredericksburg, Va United States | 07/10/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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."
Chester gould's celluloid classic
A. Flynt | detroit, mi | 09/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."
Good Addition to the Tracy Collection
Alex Thomas | 09/29/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This serial is pretty good, not as good as the first. It is chocked full of action but it does drag in places. It is also kinda silly in spots, enough to make one giggle. That aside, I do enjoy the Dick Tracy serials and movies and this is a good addition to any fan's collection.

Note: The restoration on this item is not the best [...]"
A truly good sequel to the original
Neal C. Reynolds | Indianapolis, Indiana | 04/19/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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."