A pretty Chinese woman, seeking help from San Francisco detective James Lee Wong, is killed by a poisoned dart in his front hall, having time only to scrawl "Captain J" on a sheet of paper.... See full summary »
While filming the closing scene of "The Death Kiss", leading man Myles Brent is actually killed. Having played around with, or been married to, most of the women connected with the movie ... See full summary »
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... See full summary »
Lamont Cranston assumes his secret identity as "The Shadow", to break up an attempted robbery at an attorney's office. When the police search the scene, Cranston must assume the identity of... See full summary »
Rod La Rocque,
A gang of criminals, which includes a piano player and an imposing former convict known as 'Gruesome', has found out about a scientist's secret formula for a gas that temporarily paralyzes anyone who breathes it. When Gruesome accidentally inhales some of the gas and passes out, the police think he is dead and take him to the morgue, where he later revives and escapes. This puzzling incident attracts the interest of Dick Tracy, and when the criminals later use the gas to rob a bank, Tracy realizes that he must devote his entire attention to stopping them. Written by
Filmed April 1-late April 1947, the last of RKO's four classic Dick Tracy features, and the only one in which Ralph Byrd takes second billing. He would continue playing the character on television, until his untimely death in 1952. See more »
Boris Karloff as Gruesome adds a genuine feeling of menace to this addition of Dick Tracy potboilers. I liked the way his character refers to a henchman killing a cop as a 'useless killing'. Unlike the 'worthwhile killings' he employs when he decides to get rid of the people who stand in his way. A superb example of twisted criminal logic!
Once again, the character of Dick Tracy is dull and goes through the motions but gets his man in the end anyway. A disappointment is that Gruesome doesn't meet his fate in a more exciting and...well...gruesome fashion in keeping with the style of this series of films. Especially as Gruesome cold bloodliy shoots and kills a woman to stop her squealing to the cops! For just over a hour, these short films deliver some fast entertainment, there's flaws in the plots, the budgets are low but they are fun. And that's fair enough for me.
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