Dick Tracy (December 1, 1945)
Released December 1, 1945: Dick Tracy must find a maniac killer called Splitface who is slashing and killing fourteen men and women, seemingly at random.
Produced by Herman Schlom
Directed by William Berke
Written by Chester Gould with screenplay by Eric Taylor
The Actors: Morgan Conway (Dick Tracy), Anne Jeffreys (Tess Trueheart), Mike Mazurki (Splitface), Jane Greer (Judith Owens), Lyle Latell (Pat Patton), Joseph Crehan (Chief Brandon), Mickey Kuhn (Junior), Trevor Bardette (Porfessor Linwood J. Starling), Morgan Wallace (Steve Owens, nightclub owner), Milton Parsons (Deathridge the undertaker), William Halligan (the mayor), Sam Ash (cop), Gertrude Astor (woman), Tanis Chandler (Miss Stanley, woman who discovers the first murdered woman), Jack Chefe (the head waiter at the Paradise Club), Mary Currier (Dorothy Stafford, first murdered woman), Robert Douglas (Paradise Club busboy), Ralph Dunn (Detective Manning), Bruce Edwards (Police Sergeant), Edythe Elliott (Mrs. Caraway), Franklyn Farnum (bystander at murder), Carl Faulkner (cop), Jack Gargan (cop), Edmund Glover (Joe, police radio dispatcher), Carl Hanson (pedestrian), Jimmy Jordan (pedestrian), Mike Lally (the mayor's escort), Wilbur Mack (motorist), George Magrill (detective at Starling's interrogation), Alphonse Martell (Jules), Frank Meredith (cop at Starling's loft apartment), Harold Miller (Paradise Club patron), Bruce Mitchell (bald cop in the montage), Tommy Noonan (Johnny Moko), Florence Pepper (girl), Bob Reeves (cop), Jason Robards Sr. (motorist), Harry Strang (detective at Starling's interrogation), Don Wilson (voice of the radio announcer)
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The Slasher and the Unlucky Fourteen
When I was a young kid, one thing that we always had at home was the daily newspaper. I do remember one time when dad didn't think that we could afford to have it delivered any more, and I remember mom telling him that my big sister Carol needed the newspaper for her school work, probably for Social Studies classes. So we got the paper every day, and I don't remember dad complaining much . . . I think that he enjoyed reading it more than any of us.
When everyone was through with the paper, and evening was upon us, mom would sit in an easy chair and relax by working the crossword puzzle. I can remember standing next to her chair many evenings with my elbows on the chair arm propping up my head while she was filling in the words. I would try to help, but I would seldom understand the clue, let alone the word that was needed. Mom was always patient and never seemed to mind explaining every clue on the crossword puzzle to me.
I was always encouraged to read the newspaper as a good way to increase my vocabulary and become familiar with the correct spelling of words. Of course the funny pages were always first, though. When dad was reading the paper, sometimes he would look over at me and ask if I wanted to see the 'headlines,' and then toss me the back section of the paper with the advertisements and the funny pages. Dick Tracy was still a popular newspaper comic strip in the 1960’s when I was a young lad.
I was enchanted by the wrist-watch walkie-talkie telephone that Dick Tracy always wore in the comic strip . . . . I knew that nothing like that would ever be invented . . . . I was smarter than the kids that believed in watches that could be a telephone . . . It will never happen . . . Right?
The newspaper comic strip began in 1931, and by 1945 RKO Pictures decided it was time for a full-fledged motion picture for Detective Dick and his girlfriend Tess Trueheart, and this is it. This movie's advertising included the slogan, "Hero to Thirty Million . . . Thrilling on the Screen." Movies like this will never win Academy Award Oscars, but thanks to digital media they will continue to entertain young boys and girls like you and me and generations yet unborn. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Morgan Conway as Dick Tracy
Anne Jeffreys, Jane Greer and Morgan Conway
Anne Jeffreys and Morgan Conway
Joseph Crehan, Lyle Latell and Morgan Conway
Lyle Latell and Anne Jeffreys
Mickey Kuhn and Anne Jeffreys
Morgan Conway, Lyle Latell and Milton Parsons
Morgan Conway and Lyle Latell
Morgan Conway and Trevor Bardette
Ralph Dunn, Lyle Latell and Morgan Conway