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Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946)

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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 »


(as Gordon M. Douglas)


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


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 <>

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HE'S TERRIFIC! Your Favorite Crime Crusader!


Action | Crime | Mystery


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Release Date:

18 December 1946 (USA)  »

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Dick Tracy vs. Cueball  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Ian Keith as "Vitamin Flintheart" is doing a wicked but devastatingly accurate impersonation of John Barrymore. See more »


Keep an eye on an early scene when Mona Clyde places a note under the shop door to the Priceless Antiques shop. It appeared that she placed it entirely under the door, but when Tracy comes by to retrieve it, a large portion of the note is visible before it's picked up on the other side. See more »


[Tess observes four beautiful women leave Dick Tracy's office]
Tess: I can see that police work might be *very* interesting.
Dick Tracy: Now, Tess, those were policewomen.
Vitamin Flintheart: Policewomen? Ha! A man is confronted with jeopardy from all sides.
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Followed by Dick Tracy's Dilemma (1947) See more »

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brief, invigorating police procedural
10 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The brief but strong Dick Tracy series from Republic studios remains one of the most important moments in the history of the Hollywood B movie. Probably under the insistence of Chester Gould (I can't imagine he was pleased with the earlier serials, that just borrowed the Tracy name for typical serial fare), the later '40s Tracy series is a pristine elaboration of what would become known as the 'police procedural' genre, the most famous of which is the Jack Webb "Dragnet" series. The most striking feature of this series is its villains; despite their comic strip names, they are brutal, cold, and completely believable. They are way ahead of their time in the history of cinema; Cueball is an excellent example. He is simply a common criminal finding himself in unusual circumstances - perfect counterpoint to Tracy's uncommonly common cop presented with a seemingly insoluble puzzle. Like the other films in this series (all on a par), this is a tough, brief, invigorating police procedural, Well recommended.

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