Dick Tracy Shows
In 1961, UPA Productions produced and released a series of "Dick Tracy" cartoons to nationally syndicated TV. WPIX Ch. 11 was the first NYC based station to air the cartoons weekday evenings.
Unlike the original Chester Gould comic strip (which was violent and surreal) the UPA "Dick Tracy" cartoons were played more for laughs. The villains were foiled by the members of Tracy's detective squad: "Hemlock Holmes", "Officer Heap O'Calorie", "Joe Jitsu", & "Go Go Gomez".
Character actor Everett Sloan was the voice of Dick Tracy, Benny Rubin was the voice of Joe Jitsu, former network tv kids show comedy performer "Uncle Johnny" Coons did the voices of Stooge Villa, Mumbles & Officer Heap O'Calorie, Paul Frees & Mel Blanc did the voices of "Prune Face", "Flat Top", "BB Eyes" and "Sketch Parrie". Jerry Hauser was the voice of "The Mole".
Joe Bolton hosted the series as "Police Chief Joe" Bolton. The show debuted on Thursday evening, September 7, 1961.
"Police Chief Bolton" entertained and informed the visitors to his police station set until the show was dropped on Friday, August 31, 1963.
A year later "Dick Tracy" cartoons were paired with "Popeye" movie cartoons on a weekday afternoon kids show: "The Popeye/Dick Tracy Show!" which debuted on WPIX TV Ch. 11 in NYC on Monday, September 14, 1964.
"Captain Jack" McCarthy entertained and informed "his Mateys" between the usual cartoons until Ch. 11 dry docked the show on Friday, October 16, 1964.
"The Dick Tracy Show" returned in the late 1970's on WOR Ch. 9 where the cartoons were screened without a host. The last NYC based station to air the cartoons was WNYW Ch. 5, they screened the "DC" cartoons on "The Fox Five Kids Club" hosted by Craig Marin's "Flexatoon Puppets".
The Fox Five Kids Club was seen weekday afternoons from 1990 until station execs at Ch. 5 shut the doors to the Clubhouse on Friday, March 15, 1991.
Local Kid Shows Section::
NYC Kid's Show Roundup / Overview / Remembering Favorites
NY Local Hosts Outtakes / Two Views from the 50s / Tex Antoine
Wonderama /Return of The Magic Garden / Sandy Becker
Local Kid Shows / Movie Stars on TV / Saturday Morning Shows / Video Vault / TV Goodbyes / Fabulous Fifties / Unseen Scenes / Game Shows / Requested Forgotten TV Shows / The Super Sixties / More Modern TV Shows / The New * * Shows / 1980's Wrestling / TV Blog
|TV's Embarrassing Moments / Action Shows of the Sixties / TVparty Mysteries and Scandals / Variety Shows of the 1970s / The Eighties / The Laugh Track / 1970's Hit Shows / Response to TVparty / Search the Site / Add Your Comments|
|Classic TV Commercials / 1950's TV / 1960's TV / Punk Book / / 1970's TV / TV Games / Honey Boo Boo / Lucy Shows / Classic Cars / John Wayne / Gene Roddenberry / Rockford Files / Sea Hunt / Superman on DVD / Toy Gun Ads / Flip Wilson Show / Big Blue Marble / Monty Hall / Carrascolendas / Mr. Dressup / Major Mudd / Chief Halftown / Baby Daphne / Sheriff John / Winchell & Mahoney / Fireball X-L5 / Mr. Wizard / Captain Noah / Thanksgiving Day Specials / Disney's First Christmas Special / Saturday Morning Cartoons / The Magic Garden / Amahl & the Night Visitors / Holiday Toy Commercials / Lucy & Desi's Last Christmas Show / Joey Heatherton / Fat Albert / The Virginian / Bewitched / Death of John Wayne / 1974 Saturday Mornings / Chuck McCann / Rudolph Collectables / Shrimpenstein / Local Popeye Shows / New Treasure Hunt / 1966 ABC TV Shows / 1967 TV Shows / 1968 TV Shows / Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes & Baby Doll / Fridays / TV Moms / Red Skelton / Star Wars / KISS / Lancelot Link / Saturday Morning Cartoons / The Magic Garden / Wonder Woman / Classic Comic Books / Andy Griffith / Cher / TV Shows on DVD / Outtakes & Bloopers / 1967 TV Shows / Romper Room / ABC Movie of the Week / The Goldbergs / Daws Butler Commercials / Saturday Morning Commercials / Captain Kangaroo / Chicago Local Kiddie Shows / Boston Local TV / Philly Local TV / NYC Local Kid Shows / Amos 'n' Andy / Electric Company / Bette Davis / Judy Garland / Christmas Specials / Redd Foxx / Good Times / Sitcom Houses / What's Happening! / Winky Dink & You / Sonny & Cher / Smothers Brothers / Commercial Icons of the 1960s / Soupy Sales / TV Terrorists / Irwin Allen / The Untouchables / Carol Burnett Show / Batman TV Show / Green Hornet / Today Show History / Our Gang / Doris Day Show / 1970's Commercials For Women / Bill Cosby in the 1970s / The Golddiggers / Lola Falana / 1970s TV Shows / David Bowie on TV / Hudson Brothers / Jackie Gleason / Hollywood Squares / Match Game / Bob Keeshan / Gumby / The Flip Wilson Show / Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour / The Bobby Darin Show / The Richard Pryor Show / George Burns / Lucy's Lost Christmas Special / Classic Christmas Toy Commercials / Cricket On The Hearth / 1950's Holiday Shows / Amahl and the Night Visitors / A Christmas Carol on TV / The Yule Log / Celebrity Commercials / Rudolph / Movie Posters & More!|