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Dick Tracy's Dilemma -- 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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Chester Gould (comic strip characters)
Robert Stephen Brode (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 May 1947 (USA) See more »
Dick Tracy battles the fiendish "Claw" in one of his most difficult cases. See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Ralph Byrd ... Dick Tracy
Lyle Latell ... Pat Patton
Kay Christopher ... Tess Trueheart
Jack Lambert ... Steve 'The Claw' Michel
Ian Keith ... Vitamin Flintheart
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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Borden ... Drunk (uncredited)
Al Bridge ... Mr. Cudd, Honesty Insurance Investigator (uncredited)
Roger Creed ... Taxicab Driver (uncredited)
Wade Crosby ... Jigger - Blinking Skull Proprietor (uncredited)
William Gould ... Collins - Police Lab Technician (uncredited)
Harry Harvey ... Officer Donovan (uncredited)
Tom London ... Cop in Squad Car (uncredited)
Charles Marsh ... Mr. Humphries, Owner Collins Furs (uncredited)
Sean McClory ... Officer Dillon (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Sailor Outside Blinking Skull (uncredited)
Jay Norris ... Morgue Attendant (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Cop in Squad Car (uncredited)
Jack Perrin ... Cop in Squad Car (uncredited)
Jason Robards Sr. ... Hawks, Collins Furs Night Watchman (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Watchman in Alley (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Cop in Squad Car (uncredited)
Elena Warren ... Police Matron with Lillie (uncredited)
Phil Warren ... Johnson - Police Sergeant at Switchboard (uncredited)

Directed by
John Rawlins 
Writing credits
Chester Gould (comic strip characters)

Robert Stephen Brode (screenplay)

Produced by
Herman Schlom .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell 
Cinematography by
Frank Redman 
Film Editing by
Marvin Coil 
Art Direction by
Lucius O. Croxton 
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Grayson Rogers .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Terry Kellum .... sound technician
Jean L. Speak .... sound technician
Special Effects by
Russell A. Cully .... special photographic effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Crew verified as complete

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60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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The third of four classic Dick Tracy movies.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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 »
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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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A well done mystery., 24 August 2000
Author: lartronic from Akron, Ohio

This entry in the Dick Tracy series is a rather entertaining and involving crime thriller. A low, low budget film, true, but it shows that you can still make a good movie without being expensive. This entry concerns a hook armed killer named the claw. I won't give away what racket he's running. It's true that none of these films really have anything that sets them apart from other mysteries, except they are more entertaining than some other poverty row mystery flicks.

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