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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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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

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Dick Tracy says a murder was committed with a kind of knife that morticians use to perform postmortems. Morticians don't perform postmortems unless they are also coroners, and a police officer like Tracy should know that. See more »

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Where is Ralph Byrd when you need him???
11 December 2003 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

DICK TRACY has the film noir look of the '40s and some interesting plot devices involving a slasher out for revenge. With its brief running time and low-budget values, it's strictly the kind of fare that used to play the lower half of double bills for the Saturday matinee crowds.

Still, it's not bad as far as these B-pics go (some excellent B&W photography)--but MORGAN CONWAY is nobody's idea of what the famous sleuth should look like. RALPH BYRD was a much better choice in those Tracy serials--he must have been busy when they got to making this one. Anne Jeffreys is pert and pretty as Tess but has little to do. (Did Hollywood ever give her a substantial role?) Little Mickey Kuhn (he was Beau Wilkes in GWTW and the young man Vivien Leigh flirted with in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE) is delightful as the boy detective who helps solve the case.

For the villain of the piece, we have Mike Mazurki wearing a scar that looks like a decent make-up job and hulking in the shadows whenever the next murder takes place.

Not bad, and certainly one of the better entries in the DICK TRACY films of the '40s--but what it needed was square-jawed RALPH BYRD in the title role.

Summing up: a good programmer.


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