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Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Drama | 26 September 1947 (USA)
Dick Tracy goes up against a villain who robs banks using a nerve gas.



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Complete credited cast:
Edward Ashley ...
June Clayworth ...
Dr. Irma M. Learned
Lyle Latell ...
Tony Barrett ...
Skelton Knaggs ...
Dan Sterne (as Jim Nolan)
Milton Parsons ...
Dr. A. Tomic


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 Snow Leopard

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26 September 1947 (USA)  »

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Dick Tracy Meets Karloff  »

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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 »


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Go X-Ray!!
31 October 2001 | by (Parkersburg, West Virginia) – See all my reviews

This is a good little film and the first one that I saw Skelton Knaggs listed in the credits--he is a hoot to watch as X-Ray!! Something about this late actor is funny to watch, I don't know if it is his voice or his looks or what, but he is something else in this film.

But I found this film to be very enjoyable and fun to watch--in fact, all of the Dick Tracy films from the 1940's are good ones. Good character names all around--Lee Thal, A.Tomic-- wonder if they came from the comic strip or the screenwriters? Either way, I like the play on words. But, it is a good film and if you enjoy harmless fun, be sure and catch this one if it on television.!!

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