User:TheKid9650 on Sat, 16 Feb 2008 08:12:54 +0000
It has surprisingly little to do with the fabled comic strip; here Dick Tracy is depicted as a G-man rather than a plainclothes detective. There's a Junior Tracy, but no other comics characters are present - the roles that were usually played by Tess Trueheart and Pat Patton are taken here by a pair of ringers, and there are none of the strip's famous "Grotesques" (no Flattop, Pruneface, B-B Eyes, or any of them). Instead, what we have here is a basic "heroic FBI agent tackles a madman's plot to conquer the world" serialized run-around, with a relatively novel twist - unknown to Tracy, his presumed-dead brother has been brainwashed into becoming a member of the madman's gang. At 15 episodes, it does tend to drag, but it's still a fun romp if you're a fan of Republic serials. The impressive "flying wing" aircraft that features in several episodes is particularly memorable.