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Dick Tracy (1945)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Film-Noir | 1 December 1945 (USA)
Police detective Dick Tracy must identify and apprehend a serial killer known as Splitface.

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Dick is faced with a series of brutal murders in which the victims, all from different social and economic backgrounds, are viciously slashed to pieces. Suspects abound but Tracy, getting a clue that there will be fifteen murders in all, must find the common thread among the victims before more are killed. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Dick Tracy takes on the scar-faced, dirty-thug known as "Splitface"! See more »


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The first of four classic Dick Tracy feature films produced by RKO, although Ralph Byrd had previously starred in Dick Tracy serials at Republic. See more »

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When Splitface begins fleeing from Tracy in the middle of the movie, he is driving a black 1930s era automobile through a residential area. However, when the chase continues through the city, Splitface is driving a gray 1940s era automobile. When Splitface exits his automobile shortly thereafter, it is a black 1930s era automobile again and this is the car he drives for the rest of the picture. See more »

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Edited into Who Dunit Theater: Dick Tracy Detective (2016) See more »

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Interesting Story Makes Up For Routine Production
21 May 2002 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Despite a rather routine production, this B-mystery is worth watching for the story, which is not bad. The beginning sets things up rather well, with Tracy trying to figure out both who the elusive 'Splitface' might be, and how he chose his apparently unconnected victims. There are several fairly interesting characters that he encounters along the way, and things move at a good pace most of the time. With a bigger budget and perhaps a little better writing here and there (in particular, to give poor Tess some better lines), it could be quite good. But there's no reason to quibble too much with it the way it is, since it's more than enough to provide decent entertainment for an hour or so.


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