UK, VHS, PAL, B & W, Running Time 170 mins approx.



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The super-hero slick detective was a 'thirties invention, prior to this he had been ascetic master of deductive reasoning. Dick Tracy is Sherlock Holmes with action, as adept with his fists as he is with his brain. He began as a newspaper comic strip in 1931, and this, the first movie was made six years later. This version is unique, being the most complete film in existence. It features all the innovations of the comic strip, the grotesque villains; the 'lame one', the 'spider', the science fiction perils of destruction by sonic waves, the advanced medical hazards of personality transformation by brain operation. The Spider Gang even employ a futuristic airplane to aid their nefarious activities called 'The Flying Wing'. Tracy, who gained his first name from the slang term for detective, a 'dick',proves himself the equal of the villians of science as he tracks them down with the aid of a microscope, magnifying glass, radio and brains. Suspense is coupled with action, dramatic settings and exciting use of cars, planes and boats. Ralph Byrd was so identified with the character of Tracy that he found it difficult to get other acting work. He played the part in a number of serials and feature films and even made a television programme. He died shortly after. Ralph Byrd was made famous by playing what was intended to be a modern Sherlock Holmes, by a strange coincidence in the same year that he made 'Dick Tracy'. He also appeared in a serial titled 'Blake of Scotland Yard' as the name character. This was not the British Sexton Blake, it would be too much to ask for a connection between both denizens of Baker Street, coincidences only appear in detective fiction, don't they?

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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 09 January, 2014.

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