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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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Complete credited cast:
Ralph Byrd ...
Lyle Latell ...
Kay Christopher ...
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)


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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Dick Tracy battles the fiendish "Claw" in one of his most difficult cases. See more »


Action | Crime | Drama






Release Date:

20 May 1947 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The third of four classic Dick Tracy movies. See more »


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 »


[last lines]
[Dick Tracy breaks another date with Tess to pursue a villain]
Tess Trueheart: [sigh] Sometimes, I wish I had been a super criminal.
Vitamin Flintheart: Why, my dear?
Tess Trueheart: Because then I might get to see something of Mr. Dick Tracy!
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Spoofed in The Nude Bomb (1980) See more »


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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"I'll protect you from the Hooded Claw."
5 June 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Rather like the comic strip upon which this series of films were based, the villains are usually the most interesting. Crippled when a robbery went horribly wrong, the Claw is now as twisted in body as he is in mind. "You're a killer, Claw!" screams one of his fellow henchmen at him and he's got it spot on.

When the Claw isn't on screen, the film drops a notch as the good guys aren't that interesting and Tracy is just dull. Still, he gets the job done and the case is solved and the evil Claw meets a fitting end after a thrilling chase through a scrap yard.

Low budget and in black & white these films may be but with their short running time, they never outstay their welcome and are fast and entertaining. Something today's overblown two hour plus films could learn a thing or two from. Less is often more at certain times.

In case anyone is wondering, the above Summary quote is from the song, 'The Power of Love,' by Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

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