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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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Steve 'The Claw' Michel
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Longshot Lillie the Fence
Jimmy Conlin ...
Sightless
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Peter Premium
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Fred (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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Famous man-hunter stalked by "The Claw"! See more »


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20 May 1947 (USA)  »

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Dick Tracy vs. the Claw  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ralph Byrd, who had previously played Dick Tracy in four serials Republic produced in the late '30s and early 40's, was hired to replace Morgan Conway because, after the two previous films (Dick Tracy (1945) and Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946)), exhibitors complained. To them, Byrd was Dick Tracy, and only Byrd would do. RKO accepted this and hired him to finish the series. Unfortunately for Byrd, because of this he spent his career typecast as Dick Tracy. 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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Follows Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946) 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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Dick Tracy vs The Claw
25 January 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The third in RKO's short Dick Tracy series of movies from the '40s. This one features Ralph Byrd as Tracy. Byrd reprises his role from the Republic Dick Tracy serials he was famous for. Morgan Conway had played Tracy in the first two RKO films. I thought he was fine but admittedly Byrd is better. It's just a rare case of perfect casting as Byrd really does seem like Tracy physically. The plot to this film is about Tracy investigating a series of crimes, including murder, linked to The Claw. He's a villain that, you guessed it, has a metal claw in place of one of his hands. Fun, fast-paced detective story with more of the interesting characters I expect from a Dick Tracy story. In addition to the killer The Claw and my favorite Vitamin Flintheart (Ian Keith), there's a blind beggar appropriately named Sightless and a fence named Longshot Lillie. Fun stuff.


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