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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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Cast

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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Trivia

The theatre seen in the last reel has the names of two recently completed RKO Radio films on the marquee, Deadline at Dawn and Ding Dong Williams. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Edited into Who Dunit Theater: Dick Tracy Detective (2016) See more »

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Fun and Exciting little B-Gem!
21 January 2008 | by andy-1255See all my reviews

If you're expecting MALTESE FALCON you're in the wrong place. This first in the RKO Dick Tracy movies based on Chester Gould's hardboiled policeman is very faithful to the source material and a LOT of fun.

The cast is well chosen and Morgan Conway looks like he stepped right off the comics page.

What is unexpected is the inky black noirish camera work, something that was very rare for a B-picture. The entire series was entertaining, with Ralph Byrd replacing Conway for the third and fourth installments, and the two earliest entries were geared towards an adult audience as shown in the violence depicted.

Pull the stick out of your crack, sit back and enjoy some very entertaining little films from a more innocent time, when our good guys were someone to look up to.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dick Tracy, Detective See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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