Tribune sent Beatty a letter November 17, 2006, giving him two years to begin production on new "Dick Tracy" programing.
"Tribune asserted it still wanted to terminate Beatty's 'Dick Tracy" rights and effect a reversion, and purported to do so," the lawsuit said, with Beatty seeking a declaration that his work on a developing "Dick Tracy" documentary TV special precludes Tribune from taking back rights to the property.
The "Dick Tracy" rogues gallery of villains included 'Flattop', 'Bigboy', 'Pruneface', 'Itchy' and 'The Mole'.
January 1946, Gould introduced Tracy's '2-Way Wrist Radio', upgraded to a '2-Way Wrist TV' in 1964.
The character had a long run on radio, 1934 to 1948, with the special "Dick Tracy In B Flat" in 1945, starring Bing Crosby as Tracy, singer Dinah Shore as girlfriend 'Tess Trueheart' and Bob Hope as 'Flattop'.
Tracy made his live-action debut in "Dick Tracy" (1937), a Republic Pictures serial starring actor Ralph Byrd.
A second serial, "Dick Tracy Returns", was released in 1938, "Dick Tracy's G-Men" in 1939 and "Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc." in 1941, featuring Tracy as an FBI agent, based in California.
A TV series starring Byrd again, aired on ABC from 1950 to 1951.
The first animated Tracy TV series "The Dick Tracy Show" was produced from 1960 to 1961 by UPA, starring Everett Sloane as Tracy and Mel Blanc as 'Go-Go Gomez', 'Joe Jitsu', 'Hemlock Holmes' and 'Heap O'Calorie'.
A second Filmation cartoon series was produced in 1971, with short episodes inserted into the show "Archie's TV Funnies".
In 1990, Beatty starred in and directed the Disney feature "Dick Tracy", with Al Pacino as 'Big Boy', Dustin Hoffman as 'Mumbles' and Madonna as 'Breathless Mahoney'.
The film won an Academy Award for Best Song, with Madonna's soundtrack album "I'm Breathless: Music from and Inspired by Dick Tracy" spawning top-ten hits, "Vogue" and "Hanky Panky".
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