In May of 1939, it was announced that Ralph Byrd would once again play the folier of evil, Dick Tracy, in the soon to be filmed Dick Tracy’s G-Men. The Republic Pictures serial, DTGM, began production in the middle of June 1939, and the principal filming was finished by the end of July.
Although the official release date for DTGM was September 2, it was playing two weeks before that day, as is seen in the following adverts.
Any full advertisement for the new Dick Tracy movie-serial was rare, but always a treat to see, since the franchise’s very conception was graphic; a large amount of the advertising was accomplished via cross channels: comic-books and the successful Dick Tracy radio program.
The best of the cross promotions was when the Wilby-Kinsey Theater chain booked Dick Tracy himself, Ralph Byrd, to make personal appearances at a number of their southern movie houses; this began on November 20, 1939.
Of course, as with most serials, the roll-out of premiers was lengthy and episode-one saw it’s grand-opening as late as September (see example ads below), 1940, more than a year after the initial release.
Whenever this third Dick Tracy thrill-ride in a line of four serialized DT productions by Republic Pictures was seen, most movie-goers found it worthy of the wait; this was, overall, a well reviewed movie.
Side Note: Charles Hutchinson (in the role of Brandon) may have went uncredited for DTGM, but, he was not completely left out, for Motion Picture Daily reported that Charles “Hurricane Hutch” Hutchinson appeared in the chapter-play; the report was noteworthy because Hutchinson, had seen no roles in four years and just two parts since talkies had become the fashion.
Enjoy! (More of those fabulous Dick Tracy’s G-Men lobby cards below)
By C. S. Williams
 Film Daily May 2, 1939
Film Bulletin, May 20, 1939
 Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York) July 8, 1939
 Motion Picture Daily, August 3, 1939
 Variety, November 22, 1939
 Motion Picture Daily, August 4, 1939