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Dick Tracy's Dilemma (1947)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  20 May 1947 (USA)
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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.

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Lyle Latell ...
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Jack Lambert ...
Steve 'The Claw' Michel
Ian Keith ...
Bernadene Hayes ...
Longshot Lillie the Fence
Jimmy Conlin ...
Sightless the 'Blind' Begger
William B. Davidson ...
Peter Premium, V.P. Honesty Insurance
Tony Barrett ...
Sam - Henchman
Tom Keene ...
Fred - Henchman (as Richard Powers)
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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.

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DEATH BATTLE... with Hook of Doom! See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama

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20 May 1947 (USA)  »

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Dick Tracy em Luta  »

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The third of four classic Dick Tracy movies. See more »

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As Tracy chases The Claw to a junk yard, the sound of a chain link fence being climbed can be heard as Tracy is climbing a wood fence. See more »

Quotes

Jigger, Blinking Skull Owner: Find what you're lookin' for, Tracy?
Dick Tracy: No... and see that I don't. I understand Hatchet Harry has been hangin' around here.
Jigger, Blinking Skull Owner: Why, that's a big mistake! Say, you know I run a respectable joint.
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Follows Dick Tracy (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
(1943) Uncredited
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Music by Harold Arlen
Played without words on honky tonk piano at the Blinking Skull saloon
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Tracy Meets Noir
18 August 2008 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Energetic little programmer in the Tracy series from RKO. Of course, the comic strip appeal came largely from the variety of human grotesques who challenged the square-jawed detective week after week. Here, Tracy battles "The Claw", Jack Lambert in excellent Neanderthal makeup with a claw where his hand ought to be. Something should be said in passing for director John Rawlins who had an obscure career, but still came up with the riveting and offbeat Rogue River (1950) as well as the superior B-Western Fort Defiance (1951). Note the fast-pacing and clever touches in this programmer, such as filming from behind the unplugged fan whose blades run down as Sightless (Jimmy Conlin) expires from The Claw.

There are a number of noir touches in the lighting and suspense, not surprising since the year is 1947. Also, catch the painting behind the bar. It's not in obvious focus, but there it is-- an almost totally nude woman up to something not quite clear. Now a saloon centerfold may be appropriate for a saloon, but in a kid's picture, it must have been someone's idea of a private joke. Be that as it may, Rawlins was an A-picture talent trapped in a B-movie career.

Byrd is excellent as Tracy. In fact the level of performances is better than expected for such a low budget. Speaking of budgets, note how much of the film appears shot from outside studio buildings with their rows of little windows (probably where the writers labored). Note too, how the final chase moves past a mock-up airplane and through what appears to be a prop storage area. Certainly, the cast didn't have to go on location for this one. All in all, it's a good, fast little 60 minutes of the Tracy series. And, oh yes, I don't know who played Tess Trueheart, but if I were the cop, I'd spend less time gum-shoeing and more time around the house.


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