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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 »

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Ian Keith ...
Dick Wessel ...
Cueball
Douglas Walton ...
Percival Priceless
Esther Howard ...
Filthy Flora
Joseph Crehan ...
Byron Foulger ...
Simon Little
Jimmy Crane ...
Milton Parsons ...
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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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18 December 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dick Tracy contre Cueball  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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

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Tracy on the trail of Cueball and some hot diamonds...
14 March 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

MORGAN CONWAY again assumes the Dick Tracy role with ANNE JEFFREYS as his impatient sweetheart who resents his time being taken up by unexpected homicide cases. This time the murder involves the shipment of diamonds when a murder aboard a boat gets Tracy in a search for the killer over the theft involving $300,000.

Cueball (DICK WESSEL) is the man who resorts to killing aboard the boat to get the diamonds, but is unhappy when he realizes that he was only going to get a small share of their value. The swift moving story involves a bar floozie who gives Cueball shelter, an antique shop run by shady dealer (DOUGLAS WALTON), and Tracy's helper, Vitamin Flintheart, played in amusing style by IAN KEITH.

You can begin the body count once Tracy goes about stalking the killer. Unfortunately, ANNE JEFFREYS has little to do as Tess Trueheart until the film's last fifteen minutes when the killer in the diamond case narrows down to Cueball. Sorry to say that dour looking MORGAN CONWAY cuts an unappealing figure as Tracy.

Trivia note: Jeffreys was reportedly unhappy with her assignments in the Tracy flicks and was delighted when RKO made the next Tracy film with Ralph Byrd and Kay Christopher as the leads and eventually gave Anne some better assignments before she found her niche in Broadway musicals.


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