Zarnoff (Pichel) the "International Master Spy" is captured by Dick Tracy and the FBI and is imprisoned and sentenced to death. But when he is able to escape the gas chamber, Zarnoff vows revenge on Dick Tracy and the government. Some of the dastardly acts committed by Zarnoff include attempts to sabotage an ammunition convoy and assassination attempts on foreign dignitaries, to smuggling and selling government secrets. All the while Zarnoff manages to stay barely one step ahead of Tracy and his G-Men who are in hot pursuit.
Ralph Byrd does another nice job as Tracy, and Pearson is solid as Tracy's partner Steve Lockwood. Pichel puts in a strong performance as Zarnoff, a villain who's cunning and evil. Isley/Jones has a small part as Gwen, Tracy's secretary, but does a good job making phone calls and getting the sandwiches etc. I thought the name William Lava looked familiar in the credits. He was very a prolific composer in his own right, but also collaborated with other top names such as Henry Mancini, Franz Waxman, and Max Steiner.
Really nice transfer on the DVDs from VCI Entertainment, great image quality and sound. Overall a pretty good serial with lots of excitement and only a few eye-rolling moments.