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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 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 Jimmy Conlin ... Sightless
William B. Davidson ... Peter Premium
Tony Barrett 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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Dick Tracy battles the fiendish "Claw" in one of his most difficult cases. See more »

Genres:

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 »

Company Credits

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

Ralph Byrd, who had previously played Dick Tracy in four serials Republic produced in the late '30s and early 40's, was hired to replace Morgan Conway because, after the two previous films (Dick Tracy (1945) and Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946)), exhibitors complained. To them, Byrd was Dick Tracy, and only Byrd would do. RKO accepted this and hired him to finish the series. Unfortunately for Byrd, because of this he spent his career typecast as Dick Tracy. 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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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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You're a killer, Claw! You're nothing but a crazy, stupid killer!
20 June 2014 | by jokerswild1See all my reviews

Out of RKO's four Dick Tracy films, I would say this is the best.

Ralph Byrd makes his return as Dick Tracy for the first time since the serials, and does a bit better than Morgan Conway in the role. Lyle Latell appeared as Tracy's partner Pat Patton in all four films, and is a strong aspect of each film. Sightless is a fun addition, and Ian Keith is quite entertaining as Vitamin Flintheart. The Claw is a great villain with a lot of presence, but I slightly prefer Splitface from "Dick Tracy, Detective".

What elevates this above the other three is the cinematography, the others were visually pleasing as well, but this one makes the greatest use of the city and especially the shadows.


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