Television Shows

Following successful serials and films in the 30’s and 40’s, Dick Tracy debuted on television in 1950 with Ralph Byrd reprising his role as Dick Tracy.  The series ran on ABC until Byrd’s untimely death in 1952.  A second Dick Tracy series pilot modelled somewhat on the successful Batman live-action series was produced in 1967 but never picked up for syndication.

The Dick Tracy TV Series (1950-1952 TV)

The Dick Tracy TV series ran from two seasons from 1950-1951 and starred Ralph Byrd as the famous detective. Produced and often times written by P.K. Palmer the series featured Gould-created villians and storylines. Famous villians included Flattop, Shaky, the Mole, Breathless Mahoney, Heels Beals and Influence. Other cast members included Joe Devlin as Sam Catchem, Angela Greene as Tess Tracy (Trueheart), Martin Dean as Junior and Pierre Watkin as Chief Patton. Criticized for its violence the series remained popular but ended unexpectedly when Byrd died in 1952. In all, 38 episodes were produced and aired although not always aired in the correct order. This series is now in the public domain and a growing number of episodes are available online and linked on this website.

 

 

Dick Tracy Pilot (1967)


In 1967, William Dozier, the producer responsible for the 1966 Batman television series, produced a pilot for a live-action Dick Tracy series, starring Ray MacDonnell in the title role. While the quality of the pilot (“The Plot To Kill NATO”, featuring “Special Guest Villain” Victor Buono as ‘Mr. Memory’) was slightly above-average, the series was not purchased by either ABC or NBC as ratings for the Batman series were dropping, and a similar series featuring The Green Hornet had recently flopped. To the networks, the “Hero Camp” or Batmania craze was dying, and they chose not to take a risk on another series.

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