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Expensive diamonds are stolen but before the thief can fence them he is strangled by ex-con Cueball, who then takes the gems and continues murdering people he believes are trying to swindle... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Morgan Conway ...
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Lyle Latell ...
Rita Corday ...
Ian Keith ...
Dick Wessel ...
Cueball
Douglas Walton ...
Percival Priceless
Esther Howard ...
Filthy Flora
Joseph Crehan ...
Byron Foulger ...
Simon Little
Jimmy Crane ...
Milton Parsons ...
Higby
Skelton Knaggs ...
Rudolph
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Storyline

Expensive diamonds are stolen but before the thief can fence them he is strangled by ex-con Cueball, who then takes the gems and continues murdering people he believes are trying to swindle him. Dick Tracy allows his girlfriend Tess to act as a buyer for the gems but his plan backfires when she is captured by the homicidal Cueball. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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HE'S TERRIFIC! Your Favorite Crime Crusader!

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Action | Crime | Mystery

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Release Date:

18 December 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dick Tracy contre Cueball  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of the films included in "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time (and how they got that way)" by Harry Medved and Randy Lowell. See more »

Goofs

In the final chase scene, just after Cueball gets out of the taxi, there's a shot of Tracy's car coming around a corner. The shot is flipped; a sign on a building is clearly backwards. The ensuing scene in the freight yard is a confusing mix of day and night photography. See more »

Quotes

Simon Little: Why you-you fool! You big, stupid, blundering fool!
Harry 'Cueball' Lake: Shaddup!
Simon Little: You killed him... you murdered Abbott! Why did you kill him? Why? Why?
Harry 'Cueball' Lake: 'Cause he was gonna plug me. Okay. I got the diamonds - where's my dough?
Simon Little: Keep the diamonds... go to the chair with them. I won't touch them.
Harry 'Cueball' Lake: You rat!
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Crazy Credits

Introducing "Cueball". See more »

Connections

Followed by Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947) See more »

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finely paced actioner
26 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dick Tracy vs. Cueball starts at the comic strip level and then zips along with some finely turned performances (mostly by the supporting characters). Dick Tracy comes off a little wooden and bland."Cueball" , looks so perplexed and worried through the whole film that you kinda feel sorry for him , even though he goes around choking people to death .He does give his victims(most of them) the chance to talk it over or play it straight-above board, but they don't .They take him for a big goof.. er cue-ball...and well, they get what's coming to them.The visuals in this film are superior. Kudos go to cinematographer George Diskant and director Gordon Douglas for his interesting camera placements etc...Gotta love "The "Dripping Dagger"sign. If you like that "1940's Hollywood look", this film is worth a look.


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