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Dick Tracy

Dick Tracy

An adventure serial based on the comic strip character created by Chester Gould and first broadcast by NBC in New England around 1934. It next went out over the airwaves courtesy of CBS and sponsored by Sterling Products for six months in 1935 who did four episodes a week. Then it was the turn of Mutual to entertain the kids from Sept 1935 to March 1937 with the usual four or five episodes a week. It was brought back on the air in January of 1938 by NBC and Quaker Oats, this time for five episodes a week at 5pm and this went on until April 1939. It must have been because of the summer months, or writers cramp or something, because the day after they took it off they brought it back but only once a week, on a Saturday.

After that it went off the air altogether for three and a half years before Tootsie Rolls decided to sponsor it in March of 1943 together with Blue Network / ABC right through to 1948.

Dick Tracy was originally played by Bob Burlen when it was first broadcast from New England in 1934. Others taking the part after that included Ned Wever who played the part from 1940 to 1945, Matt Crowley and Barry Thomson. Dick Tracy’s partner, Pat Patton was usually played by Walter Kinsella. Whilst Junior Tracy was shared between Andy Donnelly and Jackie Kelk.. Helen Lewis took the part of Tess Trueheart and the Announcers included Don Gardiner, George Gunn, Dan Seymour and Ed Herlihy. The episodes were directed by Mitchell Grayson, Charles Powers, Bob White and others, with Writers Sidney Slon and John Wray supplying the material.

The stories usually began with the Announcer introducing Dick Tracy to the sound of the radio signals. Then Tracy would say something to the effect that "This is Dick Tracy on the case of ...whatever the story title was" followed by a police siren disappearing into the distance and the Announcer declaring "Yes, it’s Dick Tracy. Protector of Law and Order."

Broadcast: 08 February 1938
Starring: Various
Added: Jun 13 2001
Broadcast: 09 February 1938
Starring: Various
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Broadcast: 10 February 1938
Starring: Various
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Broadcast: 11 February 1938
Starring: Various
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Broadcast: 14 February 1938
Starring: Various
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Broadcast: 15th February 1938
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Broadcast: 16th February 1938
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Broadcast: 17th February 1938
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Broadcast: 18th February 1938
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Broadcast: 21st February 1938
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Broadcast: 22nd February 1938
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Broadcast: February 23, 1938
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Broadcast: February 24, 1938
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Broadcast: February 25, 1938
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Broadcast: March 7, 1938
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Broadcast: April 11, 1938
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Broadcast: April 12, 1938
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Broadcast: April 13, 1938
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Broadcast: April 14, 1938
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Broadcast: April 15, 1938
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Broadcast: April 18, 1938
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Broadcast: April 20, 1938
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Broadcast: April 25, 1938
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Broadcast: October 6, 1943
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Broadcast: January 10, 1944
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Broadcast: 1st May 1945
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Broadcast: May 8, 1945
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Broadcast: June 22, 1945
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Broadcast: September 13, 1945
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Broadcast: September 20, 1945
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Broadcast: 21st September 1945
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Added: Dec 07 2007
Broadcast: September 24, 1945
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Broadcast: October 25, 1945
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Broadcast: November 22, 1945
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Broadcast: January 19, 1946
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Broadcast: February 16, 1946
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Broadcast: September 13, 1946
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Broadcast: September 16, 1946
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Broadcast: December 16, 1946
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Broadcast: January 14, 1947
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Broadcast: March 18, 1947
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Broadcast: May 15, 1947
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Broadcast: July 14, 1947
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Broadcast: August 20, 1947
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Broadcast: 18th November 1947
Starring: Various
Added: Nov 18 2003
Broadcast: 19th November 1947
Starring: Various
Added: Nov 25 2003