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Dick Tracy's Dilemma (1947)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 20 May 1947 (USA)
Dick Tracy investigates the theft of a fortune of fur coats, a possible insurance swindle and several murders, all linked to a huge thug who wears a hook in place of his right hand.

Director:

John Rawlins

Writers:

Robert Stephen Brode (screen play), Chester Gould (based on the cartoon strip "Dick Tracy" created by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ralph Byrd ... Dick Tracy
Lyle Latell ... Pat Patton
Kay Christopher ... Tess Trueheart
Jack Lambert ... Steve 'The Claw' Michel
Ian Keith ... Vitamin Flintheart
Bernadene Hayes ... Longshot Lillie the Fence
Jimmy Conlin ... Sightless
William B. Davidson ... Peter Premium
Tony Barrett ... Sam
Tom Keene ... Fred (as Richard Powers)
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Dick Tracy investigates the theft of a fortune of fur coats, a possible insurance swindle and several murders, all linked to a huge thug who wears a hook in place of his right hand.

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Famous man-hunter stalked by "The Claw"! See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dick Tracy vs. the Claw See more »

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Production Co:

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

Opening credits: The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

As Tracy chases The Claw to a junk yard, the sound of a chain link fence being climbed can be heard as Tracy is climbing a wood fence. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
[Dick Tracy breaks another date with Tess to pursue a villain]
Tess Trueheart: [sigh] Sometimes, I wish I had been a super criminal.
Vitamin Flintheart: Why, my dear?
Tess Trueheart: Because then I might get to see something of Mr. Dick Tracy!
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Connections

Spoofed in The Nude Bomb (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
(1943) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Music by Harold Arlen
Played without words on honky tonk piano at the Blinking Skull saloon
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At least Ralph Byrd is the right Dick Tracy...
14 March 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

RALPH BYRD takes over the Dick Tracy role with good results, looking more like the square-jawed comic book hero than Morgan Conway. He's on the trail of "The Claw" (played very effectively by JACK LAMBERT) and the film is chock full of many noir-like scenes involving "The Claw" and his pursuit of victims, who seems to enjoy using his hook to kill a few unlucky men.

IAN KEITH is back as Vitamin Flintheart, once again upstaging everyone with his theatrical flair for speeches and having a little more to do with the plot and KAY CHRISTOPHER fills in for Anne Jeffreys as Tess Trueheart.

But, in truth, Byrd is given little opportunity to show how well he was cast in the part since most of the crime drama involves the intriguing villain with the hook for a hand who drags his foot and walks the shadowy streets on his hunt for the kill.

Summing up: Good little crime drama about fur thieves proves that low-budget thrillers like this from RKO could be rewarding enough for noir fans.


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