Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome a.k.a Dick Tracy's Amazing Adventure, 1947.
Directed by John Rawlins.
Starring Ralph Byrd, Anne Gwynne, Boris Karloff, Skelton Knaggs, Edward Ashley, June Clayworth, Lyle Latell, Tony Barrett, Jim Nolan, Joseph Crehan and Milton Parsons.
Ralph Byrd returns as Chester Gould's popular comic-book lawman in the fourth and final installment of Rko's Dick Tracy quadrilogy. Joining him as the villain of the piece is horror icon Boris Karloff, who stars as the corpse-like gangster Gruesome, leader of a criminal gang in possession of a nerve gas that freezes its victims and makes them appear dead. Lyle Latell returns as Tracy's assistant Pat Patton, becoming the only actor to appear in all four movies, while Joseph Crehan reprises the role of Chief Brandon and scream queen Anne Gwynne joins
Dick Tracy vs. Cueball, 1946.
Directed by Gordon Douglas.
Starring Morgan Conway, Dick Wessel, Anne Jeffreys, Lyle Latell, Joseph Crehan, Ian Keith, Rita Corday, Douglas Walton and Jimmy Crane.
Morgan Conway makes his second and final appearance as Chester Gould's incorruptible police detective in Dick Tracy vs. Cueball, a sequel to 1945's Dick Tracy, Detective. This time Tracy finds himself on the trail of the murderous Cueball, an ex-con who kills a diamond thief and takes the loot for himself. Tracy plans to catch Cueball by allowing his girlfriend Tess Trueheart (the returning Anne Jeffrey's) to act as a buyer for the diamonds, only for Cueball to take her hostage as he vows to eliminate the hard-boiled lawman.
Stepping into the director's chair for this second feature adventure is Gordon Douglas, whose previous
Dick Tracy a.k.a Dick Tracy, Detective, 1945.
Directed by William Berke.
Starring Morgan Conway, Anne Jeffreys, Mike Mazurki, Jane Greer, Lyle Latell, Joseph Crehan, Mickey Kuhn, Trevor Bardette, Morgan Wallace, Milton Parsons and William Halligan.
Chester Gould's hard-boiled police detective Dick Tracy had already graced the silver screen in four Republic serials between 1937 and 1941 before Rko Pictures delivered this first B-grade feature outing in 1945. Taking over from the serials' Ralph Byrd as the incorruptible title character is Morgan Conway, with Dick Tracy on the hunt for a serial killer known as 'Splitface', who is responsible for a series of brutal murders where the victims have been slashed to pieces.
Although Dick Tracy opts against a straight-forward recreation of the comic strip in favour of a noirish approach, it does
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