6.4/10
1,162
39 user 11 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

Free at Internet Archive

ON DISC

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dick Tracy (1945)
Action | Crime | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Police detective Dick Tracy must identify and apprehend a serial killer known as Splitface.

Director: William Berke
Stars: Morgan Conway, Anne Jeffreys, Mike Mazurki
Action | Crime | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

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 »

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Morgan Conway, Anne Jeffreys, Lyle Latell
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Dick Tracy investigates the theft of a fortune of fur coats, a possible insurance swindle and several murders, all linked to a huge thug who wears a hook in place of his right hand.

Director: John Rawlins
Stars: Ralph Byrd, Lyle Latell, Kay Christopher
Dick Tracy (1937)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A master criminal called The Spider puts the famous detective's brother under a hypnotic spell and turns him against Dick.

Directors: Alan James, Ray Taylor
Stars: Ralph Byrd, Kay Hughes, Smiley Burnette
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When a chemical manufacturer is killed after asking detective James Wong to help him, Wong investigates this and two subsequent murders. He uncovers a international spy ring hoping to steal... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Boris Karloff, Grant Withers, Maxine Jennings
Adventure | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Captain Drummond becomes a prisoner when he intents to protect a beautiful heiress of an espionage organization.

Director: James P. Hogan
Stars: Ray Milland, Guy Standing, Heather Angel
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Philo Vance, accompanied by his prize-losing Scottish terrier, investigates the locked-room murder of a prominent and much-hated collector whose broken Chinese vase provides an important clue.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: William Powell, Mary Astor, Eugene Pallette
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In this episode captain Drummond tries to find the killer of various people. All assassinations were provoked by a diamond of great value, but Drummond will face the danger.

Director: James P. Hogan
Stars: John Barrymore, John Howard, Louise Campbell
Adventure | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Drummond, his girlfriend and his butler try to free an high post of Scotland Yard who has been kidnapped.

Director: Louis King
Stars: John Howard, Heather Angel, H.B. Warner
Action | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Dick Tracy battles spies and saboteurs in his efforts to bring to justice the Stark gang, a criminal family led by the vicious Pa Stark.

Directors: John English, William Witney
Stars: Ralph Byrd, Lynne Roberts, Charles Middleton
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Captain Drummond and his girlfriend want to marry but a hidden treasure in the house in which they want to celebrate their marriage is complicating the situation.

Director: James P. Hogan
Stars: John Howard, Heather Angel, H.B. Warner
Dick Tracy (1950–1952)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  
Stars: Ralph Byrd, Joe Devlin, William Woodson
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Edward Ashley ...
June Clayworth ...
Dr. Irma M. Learned
Lyle Latell ...
Tony Barrett ...
Melody
Skelton Knaggs ...
X-Ray
James Nolan ...
Dan Sterne (as Jim Nolan)
Joseph Crehan ...
Milton Parsons ...
Dr. A. Tomic
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Horror Man Traps Super-Sleuth ! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 September 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dick Tracy Meets Karloff  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Pat Patton: I tell you, if I didn't know better I'd swear we were doing business with Boris Karloff.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Horrible Horror (1986) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
'No useless killings!'
6 June 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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.


8 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Jeremy Irons as Karloff?! mothwar
Discuss Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?