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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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DEATH BATTLE... with Hook of Doom! 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

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

Police dispatcher: Calling Car 15. Calling Car 15. Car 15!
Pat Patton: Car 15, Patton speaking.
Police dispatcher: Contact Dick Tracy at once. Have him go over to the Flawless Furs warehouse. Dillon reports some shenanigans - a busted fuse box at the garage.
Pat Patton: Then tell him to call-tell him to call an electrician, not Dick Tracy
Police dispatcher: Now come on, Pat! The night watchman has disappeared. It might be homicide.
Pat Patton: Oh, that's different. I'll tell Dick Tracy right away!
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Connections

Edited into Who Dunit Theater: Dick Tracy's Dilemma (2015) 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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Had me hooked
28 December 2004 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

This one has Tracy after a gang of fur-robbers' fence, with a couple of brutal murders thrown in along the way for a good measure.

A quite well made entry in the series, I agree that you don't always need a lot of money to make a well thought-out and entertaining film (the stupefyingly bad Blair Witch Project aside). The script and acting is satisfactorily brisk and logical, with a nice RKO-bound seedy and menacing atmosphere in evidence. Down those mean streets the Falcon never went! What makes it stand out however is the OTT performance by Jack Lambert as the Claw - a potent mix of Rondo Hatton's Creeper from the Pearl of Death and Long John Silver - the education system sure must have gone wrong with him!

As for Byrd for my money he was perfect as Tracy, with his jaw sticking out further than the brim of his hat producing even more shadows!


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