Dick Tracy's Dilemma (May 20, 1947)
Released May 20, 1947: A gangster with a hook where his right hand should be starts a murdering crime wave that only Dick Tracy can stop.
Produced by Herman Schlom
Directed by John Rawlins
Written by Chester Gould and Robert Stephen Brode.
The Actors: Ralph Byrd (Dick Tracy), Lyle Latell (Pat Patton), Kay Christopher (Tess Truehart), Jack Lambert (Steve 'the Claw' Michel), Ian Keith (Vitamin Flintheart), Bernadene Hayes (Longshot Lillie the Fence), Jimmy Conlin (Sightless, the 'blind' begger), William B. Davidson (Peter Premium, Vice President of the Honesty Insurance Company), Tony Barrett (henchman Sam), Tom Keene (Henchman Fred), Eddie Borden (drunk), Al Bridge (Mr. Cudd, Honesty Insurance investigator), Roger Creed (taxi driver), Wade Crosby (Jigger, proprietor of the Blinking Skull), William Gould (Collins, the police lab technician), Harry Harvey (Officer Donovan), Tom London (cop in squad car), Charles Marsh (Mr. Humpries, owner of Collins Furs), Sean McClory (Officer Dillon), Frank Mills (Sailor outside the Blinking Skull), Jay Norris (morgue attendant), Frank O'Connor (cop in squad car), Jack Perrin (cop in squad car), Jason Robards Sr. (Hawks, night watchman), Harry Strang (watchman in the alley), Emmett Vogan (cop in squad car), Elena Warren (Police matron with Lillie), Phil Warren (Johnson, Police Sergeant at the switchboard)
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Dick Tracy and the Murdering Claw-Man
Dick Tracy, one of the most popular newspaper cartoons of the 1940's once again comes to the big screen, and this time The Claw is the villian stealing furs and killing anyone in his way. Along with Tess Truehart, Vitamin Flintheart and his partner Pat, Dick Tracy discovers the clues to the great fur coat swindle. What does Jigger the bartender have to do with it? And Longshot Lilly, the beautiful criminal fence - will she get involved in this caper?
Our adventure opens with the theft of a safe full of valuable furs, and the gangsters had the combination to the safe. The Claw, a nasty fellow with a hook for a right hand, kills the night watchman, and that homicide gets Tracy involved. When he arrives, just ahead of the owner and the insurance company, the "Honesty Insurance Company," and discovers blood on the floor, and a wide open safe, with no evidence of a break-in.
The gangsters had the combination to the safe! Now who could have given them that? When Dick asks the owner who besides him had the combination, the owner said that he was the only one. But wait, his new insurance company, "Honesty Insurance," required him to change his combination when they wrote the new policy, and they had a safe technician do the job.
Could it have been "Honesty Insurance" that leaked the combination to the gangsters? Hmmm . . . maybe that's too easy . . . . but who else could it have been? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Ralph Byrd as Dick Tracy
Charles Marsh and William B. Davidson
Harry Harvey, Lyle Latell and Ralph Byrd
Ian Keith and Kay Christopher
Jason Robards Sr.
Jason Robards Sr.
Jimmy Conlin and Lyle Latell
Kay Christopher and Ian Keith
Lyle Latell and Wade Crosby
Ralph Byrd and Kay Christopher
Tom Keene and Tony Barrett
Tony Barrett and Tom Keane
William B. Davidson and Al Bridge
William B. Davidson and Ralph Byrd
William B. Davidson