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Dick Tracy (1945)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Mystery | 20 December 1945 (USA)
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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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
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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 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 »

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The angle and curvature of the scar on Splitface's cheek changes from scene to scene. See more »

Quotes

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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pleasant programmer
18 September 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

I suppose everyone has his or her own idea of what Dick Tracy should look like out of his cartoon realm. It seems from reading some of the comments that Morgan Conway was no one's idea. I guess in my head I've always thought of John Larkin, the original Mike Carr on "Edge of Night" to be a good person for Tracy. Conway seems more of a character actor and less of a lead than I imagine Tracy. He has a pleasant smile, though.

Anne Jeffreys, now at 80+ and absolutely gorgeous to this day, was asked about the Dick Tracy series a few years ago, and she denied ever making any Dick Tracy movies. It wasn't that she disdained them, but they were turned out so quickly, she had no recollection of doing them.

This was a decent programmer but not much came through as far as personalities, except perhaps from Mike Mazurki as Splitface. The film moves along well. The subplot with Jane Greer seemed totally superfluous and never was resolved. Oh, well, soon enough, she would be on to better things.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dick Tracy, Detective See more »

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