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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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Trivia

Lyle Latell as Pat Patton is the only actor in the series who reprised his role in all four films. 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

[referring to The Claw]
Sam, a henchman: Hot furs are bad enough, but he's gotta tie him up in a murder. We'll never get our dough, never! All because of your itchy hangnail!
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Connections

Featured in Dick Tracy Special (2010) 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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Dick and The Claw
21 July 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Ralph Byrd returns as Dick Tracy in "Dick Tracy's Dilemma," a 1947 B movie with some noirish aspects. It's fast and well-directed.

Here Tracy is after a killer called The Claw, who has a hook for a hand. The plot involves stolen furs, murder, and insurance fraud.

If you thought Tess had nothing to do in the Morgan Conway movies, here Tess is practically an extra. The actress, Kay Christopher, was quite different from Anne Jeffreys. Christopher's Tess is sweet, where Jeffreys had more of a worldliness - it's the ingenue versus the leading lady. I never read the comics, so I don't know which one was more like Tess.

Kudos to Ian Keith, an actor I love, for his portrayal of Vitamin. He was a wonderful actor.

Directed with a brisk pace by John Rawlins, who adds several nice noir touches to this one, including one brilliant shot almost at the end of the film. I won't tell you what it is. You'll know it when you see it.


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

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1.37 : 1
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