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Dick Tracy (1945)

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


William Berke


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




Complete credited cast:
Morgan Conway ... Dick Tracy
Anne Jeffreys ... Tess Trueheart
Mike Mazurki ... 'Splitface' aka Alexis Banning
Jane Greer ... Judith Owens
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


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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Your Favorite Sleuth (print ad - Lubbock Evening Journal - Chief Theatre - Lubbock, Texas- July 24, 1947 - all caps) See more »


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Dick Tracy drives a 1939 Buick sedan; the police car is a 1939 Dodge. At the time of production, the first of the post-WWII 1946 models had not yet rolled off the assembly line. See more »


Nightclub owner Steve Owens (Morgan Wallace) disappears half way through the film and his character's relationship to the story is never adequately explained; his daughter, Judith Owens (Jane Greer) is also abandoned without any explanation of her involvement in the proceedings. See more »


Dick Tracy: Who are you and what are you doing up here?
Prof. Linwood J. Starling: I? Oh! I am Professor Linwood J. Starling, astrologist, doctor of the occult sciences.
Dick Tracy: How long have you been up here?
Prof. Linwood J. Starling: Time and space are beyond human conception.
Dick Tracy: Cut out the double talk, I'm from police headquarters.
Prof. Linwood J. Starling: Obviously. Well, I've been here since, uh, darkness fell, meditating. Communing with my soul. Studying the course of the stars. Sagittarius.
Dick Tracy: Did you see anyone cross this roof a moment ago?
Prof. Linwood J. Starling: No. Oh, but I wouldn't have, unless he flashed ...
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Followed by Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946) See more »

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Pretty Much Like Any Police Drama
21 September 2006 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

If you had given Dick Tracy's name to any police type in any movie of the forties, it would be indistinguishable. The fact is that while this is a modestly entertaining movie, the comic strip being of it is just not there. Where is the technology, the distinctive sense of the comic strip? It's just not there. There is some semblance of humor, the byplay among the other detectives and Tess's frustration with dating the great detective (she never gets to go to dinner), but it still doesn't reproduce the comic strip. All that considered, it's a decent movie with an interesting plot. Like so many Tracy characters, Split Face is carrying around his angst, wanting to get back at those who convicted him. He is nasty, but has the fatal flaw of carelessness. Tracy is pretty dull, but I was a religious reader of the comic strip as a child and liked his silence. His romantic relationship always seemed forced to me. A real comic book hero shouldn't have time for women, right.

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Release Date:

20 December 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dick Tracy, Detective See more »

Filming Locations:

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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