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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 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 See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first of four classic Dick Tracy feature films produced by RKO from 1945 to 1947, although Ralph Byrd had previously starred in Dick Tracy serials at Republic. See more »

Goofs

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

Connections

Version of The Dick Tracy Show (1961) See more »

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Murdering A Cross Section of Citizenry
18 January 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The first of four Dick Tracy films that were made by RKO Studios in the Forties is a straight action filled drama so unlike the live cartoon that Warren Beatty did and cast with a bunch of Hollywood names. Morgan Conway plays the square jawed detective with Anne Jeffreys as the eternally faithful and eternally exasperated Tess Truehart. If ever a man was wed to his job it was Dick Tracy as a homicide cop.

The villain here is Mike Mazurki excellently cast as Splitface and one look at him and you know why he's named that. He's responsible for a string of brutal stabbings and those scars he bares both give the city fright, but also make him impossible to trace since they were acquired in prison and render him unrecognizable. He's picked a cross section of citizens as his targets and while I think the viewer will figure it out before Conway puts it together, it's still a lot of fun.

A subsidiary villain in the film is Trevor Bardette playing a con man astrologer and hypnotist. Bardette has a real field day with the part.

Dick Tracy Detective is a fairly good B film from RKO Studios and the cast looks like they're having a good time.


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