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Dick Tracy (1945)

Police detective Dick Tracy must identify and apprehend a serial killer known as Splitface.

Director:

William Berke

Writers:

Eric Taylor (original screenplay), Chester Gould (based on the cartoon strip by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Morgan Conway ... Dick Tracy
Anne Jeffreys ... Tess Trueheart
Mike Mazurki ... 'Splitface' aka Alexis Banning
Jane Greer ... Judith Owens
Lyle Latell Lyle Latell ... Pat Patton
Joseph Crehan ... Chief Brandon
Mickey Kuhn ... Junior
Trevor Bardette ... Prof. Linwood J. Starling
Morgan Wallace ... Steve Owens
Milton Parsons ... Deathridge - the Undertaker
William Halligan William Halligan ... Mayor
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Storyline

Dick is faced with a series of brutal murders in which the victims, all from different social and economic backgrounds, are viciously slashed to pieces. Suspects abound but Tracy, getting a clue that there will be fifteen murders in all, must find the common thread among the victims before more are killed. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Dick Tracy takes on the scar-faced, dirty-thug known as "Splitface"! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dick Tracy, Detective See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The scene of Splitface stabbing a victim on the rooftop, although filmed in a long shot, was considered an unusually graphically violent scene for the period. It was apparently passed by the censors. See more »

Goofs

The matchbook advertising Owens' restaurant puts an apostrophe in the wrong place, so that the possessive case of his name reads Owen's, not Owens'. See more »

Connections

References Ding Dong Williams (1946) See more »

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Interesting Story Makes Up For Routine Production
21 May 2002 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

Despite a rather routine production, this B-mystery is worth watching for the story, which is not bad. The beginning sets things up rather well, with Tracy trying to figure out both who the elusive 'Splitface' might be, and how he chose his apparently unconnected victims. There are several fairly interesting characters that he encounters along the way, and things move at a good pace most of the time. With a bigger budget and perhaps a little better writing here and there (in particular, to give poor Tess some better lines), it could be quite good. But there's no reason to quibble too much with it the way it is, since it's more than enough to provide decent entertainment for an hour or so.


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