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Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946)

Expensive diamonds are stolen but before the thief can fence them he is strangled by ex-con Cueball, who then takes the gems and continues murdering people he believes are trying to swindle... See full summary »

Director:

Gordon Douglas (as Gordon M. Douglas)

Writers:

Dane Lussier (screen play by), Robert E. Kent (screen play by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Morgan Conway ... Dick Tracy
Anne Jeffreys ... Tess Trueheart
Lyle Latell Lyle Latell ... Pat Patton
Rita Corday ... Mona Clyde
Ian Keith ... Vitamin Flintheart
Dick Wessel ... Cueball
Douglas Walton ... Percival Priceless
Esther Howard ... Filthy Flora
Joseph Crehan ... Chief Brandon
Byron Foulger ... Simon Little
Jimmy Crane Jimmy Crane ... Junior
Milton Parsons ... Higby
Skelton Knaggs ... Rudolph
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Storyline

Expensive diamonds are stolen but before the thief can fence them he is strangled by ex-con Cueball, who then takes the gems and continues murdering people he believes are trying to swindle him. Dick Tracy allows his girlfriend Tess to act as a buyer for the gems but his plan backfires when she is captured by the homicidal Cueball. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Taglines:

HE'S TERRIFIC! Your Favorite Crime Crusader!

Genres:

Action | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dick Tracy contre Cueball See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The second of four classic Dick Tracy movies. See more »

Goofs

Keep an eye on an early scene when Mona Clyde places a note under the shop door to the Priceless Antiques shop. It appeared that she placed it entirely under the door, but when Tracy comes by to retrieve it, a large portion of the note is visible before it's picked up on the other side. See more »

Quotes

Pat Patton: I called Sparkle's house.
Dick Tracy: Did you say who you were?
Pat Patton: No! Do you think I'm that dumb?
Dick Tracy: Well, we won't go into that.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits list 'Introducing' Cueball (see also entry under 'Trivia'. See more »

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Absorbing potboiler
27 August 2006 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

First time of viewing: this is a no-frills man's film, to my senses a better version of a comic strip than Sin City and non-cartoon, albeit in a far more tired looking condition!

Dumb Cueball only just out of prison robs and kills his way into Tracy's orbit, stealing a necklace worth USD 30,000 - a mere bagatelle in 1946 surely! The problem is: how to get rid of it? Old Mrs Bucket-Of-Mud from Farewell My Lovely also breezes in but blows out again rather hurriedly thanks to the charming mental processes of Cueball. Tracy does manage to stop the film descending into a bloodbath, his sidekick Pat has some amusing scenes at the end of blackjacks, Tess (good) and Mona (bad) both looked suitably glamorous. Some very good scenes, such as at the hastily arranged midnight autotopsy or the rather strange hidden basement at Simon's place. But sorry! I preferred the more familiar Ralph Byrd and his hat in the role of Tracy, Morgan Conway kept reminding me of a serious Milton Berle. And was there only one place in America selling hatbands in 1946?

But I thoroughly enjoyed it for all that, wished it had been 2 hours long and will it put on my list of films to watch again. I just hope there's a good print around instead of the TV dupe I saw


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