Dick Tracy vs Phantom Empire was also known as Dick Tracy vs. Crime, Inc.

Dick Tracy vs. Crime, Inc. (1941) is a Republic Movie serial based on the Dick Tracy comic strip. It was directed by the legendary serial 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 on television.

Tagline: DICK TRACY’S CHALLENGE! America’s greatest detective hurls defiance into the shadows of the Underworld in his search for murderous criminals who threaten New York’s destruction. The top Tracy Serial of all time.

Plot: Dick Tracy goes up against a villain known as The Ghost, who can turn himself invisible.

  Ralph Byrd … Dick Tracy
  Michael Owen … Billy Carr
  Jan Wiley … June ‘Eve’ Chandler
  John Davidson … Lucifer
  Ralph Morgan … J.P. Morton
  Kenneth Harlan … Police Lt. Cosgrove
  John Dilson … Henry Weldon
  Howard C. Hickman … Stephen Chandler
  Robert Frazer … Daniel Brewster
  Robert Fiske … Walter Cabot
  Jack Mulhall … Jim Wilson
  Hooper Atchley … Arthur Trent
  Anthony Warde … John Corey
  Chuck Morrison … Henchman Trask

Dick Tracy vs. Crime, Inc. was budgeted at $174,539.

It was filmed between 17 September and 24 October 1941 under the working titles Dick Tracy Strikes Again and Dick Tracy’s Revenge.

The scenes of giant waves hitting New York were stock footage from the RKO Pictures film Deluge

This serial, like all the sequels to the 1937 original Dick Tracy serial, was permitted by an interpretation of the original contract, which allowed a “series or serial”. Therefore, Chester Gould was not paid again for the right to produce this serial.

Most of the cliffhangers were stock footage from previous Dick Tracy serials. However, the reuse of the highlights of the previous Dick Tracy serials actually added to this serial, making it seem like a “best of” compilation of the previous serials.

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

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