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Dick Tracy's Dilemma (1947)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 20 May 1947 (USA)
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 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 »


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Dick Tracy vs. the Claw  »

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Trivia

Lyle Latell as Pat Patton is the only actor in the series who reprised his role in all four films. See more »

Goofs

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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Connections

Spoofed in The Nude Bomb (1980) 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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You're a killer, Claw! You're nothing but a crazy, stupid killer!
20 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

Out of RKO's four Dick Tracy films, I would say this is the best.

Ralph Byrd makes his return as Dick Tracy for the first time since the serials, and does a bit better than Morgan Conway in the role. Lyle Latell appeared as Tracy's partner Pat Patton in all four films, and is a strong aspect of each film. Sightless is a fun addition, and Ian Keith is quite entertaining as Vitamin Flintheart. The Claw is a great villain with a lot of presence, but I slightly prefer Splitface from "Dick Tracy, Detective".

What elevates this above the other three is the cinematography, the others were visually pleasing as well, but this one makes the greatest use of the city and especially the shadows.


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