This was the first Republic serial to feature a 'Re-cap Chapter' in which events of the previous chapters are repeated & possibly the first instance of this concept now prevalent in modern TV shows such as '24'.
There were three sequels to this serial. They were all permitted by an interpretation of the original contract, which allowed for a "series or serial". That meant that Dick Tracy creator, Chester Gould was only paid for the rights to produce this serial but not for any of the sequels!
As with the other three serials in the Republic series, Tracy is depicted as a West Coast FBI agent rather than the local police detective for a large Midwestern city he is in the original comic strip.
'G-Man' is a contemporary slang term for an agent of the FBI. In the comic strip, Dick Tracy is actually a detective in the police force of an unnamed Midwestern city resembling Chicago. This was changed for the serial.
This is the serial that featured an identical death each episode. Each informant, trying to reveal the identity of the main villain would utter the phrase "Don del Oro is..." and then be shot by a golden arrow (wielded by Don del Oro himself, hidden behind a curtain) and die with a grunt before being able to name the villain's alter ego.
Based on the comic strip 'King of the Royal Mounted'.
Northern genre films are similar to Westerns but the action occurs in the Canadian North and typically features Mounties instead of, for example, Cowboys or Sheriffs.
Opening caption, "Although the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are few in number, they successfully guard a vast dominion of the British Empire. From the United States border to the Arctic ice pack and from the Atlantic to the Pacific, the red coat of the Mountie is the symbol of law and order and a promise that justice will prevail. To these gallant men, "King of the Royal Mounted" is respectfully dedicated."
Sequel to Jungle Girl & loosely based on the book of the same name by Edgar Rice Burroughs. However Republic did not want to pay licensing fees to Burroughs again so it avoided any repetition of the term 'Jungle Girl' to which he had the rights. Instead 'Nyoka' the name of the main character in the first film was placed in the title of the sequel, because that name was an original creation of Republic's writers, not of Burroughs.
Very loosely based on the Timely Comics character 'Captain America'. Republic was notorious for making arbitrary changes in their adaptations. This occurred with Captain America more than most.
Timely were unhappy with these changes & the wrangles went on so long that Republic said the serial was well into production and they could not return to the original concept without expensive retakes and dubbing. They also pointed out that they, Republic, was under no contractual obligation to do so.
Republic Pictures was originally a movie production-distribution corporation with studio facilities, best known for its specialisation in quality B pictures, westerns and movie serials. These days it's simply a brand name owned by Viacom.
Republic gave their serials some really great names such as The Purple Monster Strikes, Flying Disc Man From Mars, Radar Men From The Moon, Zombies Of The Stratosphere, Canadian Mounties vs Atomic Invaders and Panther Girl Of The Kongo.
Their movie serials had great poster art a selection of which are shown below. Click each image to enlarge.