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Dick Tracy

Dick Tracy came from the comic strips to the radio in this great serial. He still fights bizarre villains and the 15 minute shows are filled with cliff-hangers. Tune In!

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(total playtime 4 hours, 4 min)
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Dick Tracy and the Invisible Man Radio Play Script
Juvenile Police Serial (1934 - 48)

Dick Tracy RadioNed WeverA favorite of radio kids, and many adults as well, Dick Tracy on the radio was a long running serial that was based on the very popular Dick Tracy of newspaper comic strip fame. Dick Tracy was the star of movies and several animation series as well, including a 1970's TV animation adaptation that was as true to the original Chester Gould newspaper comic strip as was the radio version. Dick Tracy had debuted in the Detroit Mirror in 1931. Soon it hit New York and Chicago, in the New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune. By 1937, the comic strip appeared in over 700 newspapers. With a strong, built-in audience, Dick Tracy was perfect serial.

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First developed for radio in 1934 for the New England region, the show was an immediate hit and was then done on from 1935-37. Republic Pictures began the Dick Tracy cliffhangers in the movies, which also helped kids get excited about following his adventures on radio. Fifteen minute serials were produced for a full five nights a week in 1938-'39. In 1939, it went to a half-hour, usually playing on Saturdays. With WWII developing, Dick Tracy was put on hold. After a few years, the show again took to the air, and continued from 1943 through '48, first developed as a fifteen minute serial, and then expanding to a half hour in the mid 1940s. Dick Tracy was featured in a series of novels and "Little Big Books" at the time, as well as the Republic cliffhangers and movies.

Chester Gould's newspaper strip featured singular thugs and inventive plots all drawn in a flat, modern-looking cartoon. The strip was heavy on scientific crime detection, using the lab to sift through clues, and ultra-modern inventive devices such as Dick Tracy's two-way wrist radio (1946) that were wild then, and are very big in commercials right now as pager/cell phones (almost wristwatch size.)

Dick Tracy vs Crime, Inc!On the radio serial, the "good guys" were Dick Tracy, "protector of law and order," his sidekick Pat Patton, and Tracy's investigative team Junior Tracy and Tess Trueheart. The strip and show also starred bizarre villains, with such names as The Blank, Little Face Finney, Pruneface, The Brow and Shakey. The radio cases were always exciting, with plenty of trouble, cliff hanging and narrow escapes. (Please note these Dick Tracy recordings are of mixed quality with some unfortunate hiss)

For more serial adventures, please see True Adventures of Junior G-Men, Superman, The Green Hornet, Tarzan, Jungle Jim, Fu Manchu. Hop Harrigan, Speed Gibson. Terry and the Pirates, Buck Rogers, Space Patrol, Captain Midnight, and I Love a Mystery. Dick Tracy CandyOther shows that were based on popular characters are Sherlock Holmes, Chandu, the Magician, and Nick Carter, Master Detective.

For other classic radio shows based of comics,see also

 

Dick Tracy Wrist Radio

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    16 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 4 hours, 4 min
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      16 shows - total playtime 4 hours 4 minutes
      1. DT 380208 027 Black Pearl Of Osirus.mp3
      2. DT 380210 029 Mystery In Hold.mp3
      3. DT 380214 031 Dick Gets Ring Of Osirus.mp3
      4. DT 380216 033 Agent Is Murdered.mp3
      5. DT 380218 035 Dick Captures Gang (ring Premium).mp3
      6. DT 380225 040 Junior Escapes.mp3
      7. DT 380411 071 Mounties At Pitchblend.mp3
      8. DT 380419 077 Dick Lassoes Purple Rider.mp3
      9. DT 380426 082 Invisible Ink.mp3
      10. DT 440000 000 Case Of Firebug Murders.mp3
      11. DT 440110 000 Case Of Hooting Owl (stuck In Snow).mp3
      12. DT 471010 000 Case Of Book Of Four Kings.mp3
      13. DT 471024 000 Case Of Book Of Four Kings.mp3
      14. DT 471114 000 Case Of Honorable Mr. Malice.mp3
      15. DT 471219 000 Case Of Poisonous Timber.mp3
      16. DT 471231 000 Case Of Big Black Box.mp3
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    16 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 4 hours, 4 min
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      16 shows - total playtime 4 hours 4 minutes
      1. DT 380208 027 Black Pearl Of Osirus.mp3
      2. DT 380210 029 Mystery In Hold.mp3
      3. DT 380214 031 Dick Gets Ring Of Osirus.mp3
      4. DT 380216 033 Agent Is Murdered.mp3
      5. DT 380218 035 Dick Captures Gang (ring Premium).mp3
      6. DT 380225 040 Junior Escapes.mp3
      7. DT 380411 071 Mounties At Pitchblend.mp3
      8. DT 380419 077 Dick Lassoes Purple Rider.mp3
      9. DT 380426 082 Invisible Ink.mp3
      10. DT 440000 000 Case Of Firebug Murders.mp3
      11. DT 440110 000 Case Of Hooting Owl (stuck In Snow).mp3
      12. DT 471010 000 Case Of Book Of Four Kings.mp3
      13. DT 471024 000 Case Of Book Of Four Kings.mp3
      14. DT 471114 000 Case Of Honorable Mr. Malice.mp3
      15. DT 471219 000 Case Of Poisonous Timber.mp3
      16. DT 471231 000 Case Of Big Black Box.mp3
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    16 recordings on 5 Audio CDs
    total playtime 4 hours, 4 min

    Dick Tracy Disc A001

    1. DT 380208 027 Black Pearl Of Osirus
    2. DT 380210 029 Mystery In Hold
    3. DT 380214 031 Dick Gets Ring Of Osirus
    4. DT 380216 033 Agent Is Murdered

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    Dick Tracy Disc A002

    1. DT 380218 035 Dick Captures Gang (ring Premium)
    2. DT 380225 040 Junior Escapes
    3. DT 380411 071 Mounties At Pitchblend
    4. DT 380419 077 Dick Lassoes Purple Rider

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    Dick Tracy Disc A003

    1. DT 380426 082 Invisible Ink
    2. DT 440000 000 Case Of Firebug Murders
    3. DT 440110 000 Case Of Hooting Owl (stuck In Snow)

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    Dick Tracy Disc A004

    1. DT 471010 000 Case Of Book Of Four Kings
    2. DT 471024 000 Case Of Book Of Four Kings
    3. DT 471114 000 Case Of Honorable Mr. Malice
    4. DT 471219 000 Case Of Poisonous Timber

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    Dick Tracy Disc A005

    1. DT 471231 000 Case Of Big Black Box

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