Chick Carter, Detective

Chick Carter, Detective is a 1946 Columbia film serial. Columbia could not afford the rights to produce a Nick Carter serial so they made Chick Carter, Detective about his son instead. This was based on the radio series Chick Carter, Boy Detective.[1] A Nick Carter series was being made by MGM.[2]

Chick Carter, Detective
Directed byDerwin Abrahams
Produced bySam Katzman
Written byHarry L. Fraser
George H. Plympton
CinematographyIra H. Morgan
Edited byEarl Turner
Columbia Pictures
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • July 11, 1946 (1946-07-11)
Running time
15 minutes (per episode)
CountryUnited States

In a "rather strange precedent" for a serial, the title character is rarely involved in the cliffhangers. For example, the first cliffhanger revolves around the reporter Rusty rather than Carter.[1] The film starred Lyle Talbot as Chick Carter, Douglas Fowley as Rusty Farrell, Julie Gibson as Sherry Marvin, Pamela Blake as Ellen Dale, Eddie Acuff as Spud Warner, and Robert Elliott as Dan Rankin.


Detective Chick Carter (Lyle Talbot) finds himself in a complex case when Sherry Martin (Julie Gibson), a singer at the Century Club, reports the robbery of the famous Blue Diamond, owned by Joe Carney (Charles King), the owner of the nightclub. Joe planned the theft in order to pay a debt to Nick Pollo (George Meeker) with the $100,000 insurance money he would collect. Sherry double-crossed Joe by wearing an imitation one, while she threw the real one, hidden in a cotton snowball, to Nick during the floor show. But Spud Warner (Eddie Acuff), a newspaper photographer, there with newspaper reporter Rusty Farrell (Douglas Fowley), takes a snowball from her basket and Nick receives an empty one. The Blue Diamond disappears. Aided by a private investigator, Ellen Dale (Pamela Blake), Chick finds himself pitted against the criminals searching for the missing Blue Diamond...

Main cast

Chapter titles

  1. Chick Carter Takes Over
  2. Jump to Eternity
  3. Grinding Wheels
  4. Chick Carter Trapped
  5. Out of Control
  6. Chick Carter's Quest
  7. Chick Carter's Frame-up
  8. Chick Carter Gives Chase
  9. Shadows in the Night
  10. Run to Earth
  11. Hurled Into Space
  12. Chick Carter Faces Death
  13. Rendezvous with Murder
  14. Chick Carter Sets a Trap
  15. Chick Carter Wins Out


See also


  1. Harmon, Jim; Donald F. Glut (1973). "8. The Detectives "Gangbusters!"". The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound and Fury. Routledge. pp. 182 & 184. ISBN 978-0-7130-0097-9.
  2. Stedman, Raymond William (1971). "5. Shazam and Good-by". Serials: Suspense and Drama By Installment. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 138. ISBN 978-0-8061-0927-5.
  3. Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 243–244. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
Preceded by
Hop Harrigan (1946)
Columbia Serial
Chick Carter, Detective (1946)
Succeeded by
Son of the Guardsman (1946)
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