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Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 26 September 1947 (USA)
Dick Tracy goes up against a villain who robs banks using a nerve gas.

Director:

John Rawlins

Writers:

Robertson White (screenplay), Eric Taylor (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Gruesome
Ralph Byrd ... Dick Tracy
Anne Gwynne ... Tess Trueheart
Edward Ashley ... Dr. L. E. Thal
June Clayworth ... Dr. Irma M. Learned
Lyle Latell ... Pat Patton
Tony Barrett ... Melody
Skelton Knaggs ... X-Ray
James Nolan ... Dan Sterne (as Jim Nolan)
Joseph Crehan ... Chief Brandon
Milton Parsons ... Dr. A. Tomic
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A gang of criminals, which includes a piano player and an imposing former convict known as 'Gruesome', has found out about a scientist's secret formula for a gas that temporarily paralyzes anyone who breathes it. When Gruesome accidentally inhales some of the gas and passes out, the police think he is dead and take him to the morgue, where he later revives and escapes. This puzzling incident attracts the interest of Dick Tracy, and when the criminals later use the gas to rob a bank, Tracy realizes that he must devote his entire attention to stopping them. Written by Snow Leopard

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Of the cast, Anne Gwynne was the last to pass away in 2003 at age 84 at the Motion Picture Retirement Home in Woodland Hills, CA. Edward Ashley lived the longest to age 95, passing away in 2000. Ralph Byrd lived the shortest, passing away at age 43 in 1952. Skelton Knaggs also only lived to age 43, but passed away in 1955. See more »

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Pat Patton: I'm sitting here, see, writing out this report on the stiff. All of a sudden, blackout! Something hit me here: a crowbar or a small bulldozer.
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Edited into Who Dunit Theater: Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (2015) See more »

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Dick Tracy vs Boris Karloff
25 January 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

This is the fourth and final of the RKO Dick Tracy films. It's also the best. Why is it the best? Well, look no further than the cast. Horror great Boris Karloff plays the villain Gruesome. Karloff could do no wrong and he elevates this whole picture. The plot involves a paralyzing nerve gas and a bank robbery. Skelton Knaggs is also in this as Gruesome's cohort in crime, X-Ray. More characters with fun names like a piano player named Melody and several doctors (Dr. L.E. Thal, Dr. A. Tomic, Dr. I.M. Learned). These movies weren't "A" productions. They were turned out quickly and cheaply. But still, they are fun, fast-paced detective stories with mystery, action, and humor. This one, like I said, is the best of the lot. Karloff fans will love it.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dick Tracy vs. The Gruesome Gang See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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