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Dick Tracy, Detective
     

Dick Tracy, Detective

Director: William A. Berke, Morgan Conway, Anne Jeffreys, Mike Mazurki

Cast: William A. Berke, Morgan Conway, Anne Jeffreys, Mike Mazurki

 

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Dick Tracy, Detective (originally just Dick Tracy) was the first of four RKO Radio B-pictures based on Chester Gould's classic comic strip. Though Ralph Byrd is most closely associated with the role of Tracy, the title character is played herein by Morgan Conway (Byrd would be seen as Tracy in the last two series entries). The jut-jawed detective takes

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Dick Tracy, Detective (originally just Dick Tracy) was the first of four RKO Radio B-pictures based on Chester Gould's classic comic strip. Though Ralph Byrd is most closely associated with the role of Tracy, the title character is played herein by Morgan Conway (Byrd would be seen as Tracy in the last two series entries). The jut-jawed detective takes on a vicious criminal named Splitface (Mike Mazurki), who upon escaping from jail vows to murder the jurors who found him guilty and their alternates. He manages to knock off three before the police force figures out what's happening. Galvanized into action, Dick Tracy and his partner Pat Patton (Lyle Latell) track Splitface to a deserted riverboat (a leftover set from the 1945 RKO feature Man Alive) where the villain is holding Tracy's girlfriend Tess Truehart (Anne Jeffreys) and adopted son Junior (Mickey Kuhn) captive. When asked about Dick Tracy Detective in 1990, Anne Jeffreys flatly denied she'd ever played Tess Trueheart until she caught up with the film on videotape. She'd completely forgotten the whole experience.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Although he bears little physical resemblance to Chester Gould's comic strip hero, Morgan Conway plays Dick Tracy with a tough no-nonsense approach worthy of Humphrey Bogart and his is perhaps the closest screen interpretation of any comic strip-to-movie character, Warren Beatty's Tracy version included. Thanks to director William Berke and cameraman Frank Redman, Dick Tracy has much of the same feel as a typical 1940s noir. At the same time, and although he is a creation of the RKO writers, Mike Mazurki's Splitface fully adheres to Gould's archetype villainy. Anne Jeffreys' Tess Truehart and Lyle Latell's Pat Patton are also perfect casting and the RKO stock company provides plenty of atmosphere. There are quite a few interesting camera angles at work here and the famous brownstone set from such films as The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) and Cat People (1943) adds production gloss to what essentially is a lower-grade B-picture. Audiences never warmed up to Morgan Conway's interpretation, however, and the final two films in the series starred the original serial Dick Tracy, Ralph Byrd.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/22/2016
UPC:
0889290125491
Original Release:
1945
Source:
Film Detective
Time:
1:01:00
Sales rank:
78,944

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Morgan Conway Dick Tracy
Anne Jeffreys Tess Trueheart
Mike Mazurki Splitface
Jane Greer Judith Owens
Mickey Kuhn Junior
Lyle Latell Pat Patton
Joseph Crehan Chief Brandon
Trevor Bardette Prof. Linwood J. Starling
Morgan Wallace Steven Owens
Milton Parsons Deathridge
William Halligan Mayor
Edythe Elliott Mrs. Caraway
Mary Currier Dorothy Stafford
Ralph Dunn Manning
Edmund Glover Radio Announcer
Bruce Edwards Sergeant
Sam Ash Police Officer
Gertrude Astor Woman
Tanis Chandler Miss Stanley
Jack Chefe Headwaiter
Franklin Farnum Bystander at Murder
Carl Faulkner Police Officer
Jack Gargan Police Officer
Wilbur Mack Motorist
George Magrill Detective
Alphonse Martell Jules, the Waiter
Frank Meredith Police Officer
Tommy Noonan Johnny Moko
Bob Reeves Cop
Jason Robards Motorist
Harry Strang Detective
Carl Hanson Pedestrian
Jim Jordan Pedestrian
Florence Pepper Girl
Robert Douglas Bus Boy

Technical Credits
William A. Berke Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Clem Beauchamp Asst. Director
Ralph Berger Art Director
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Terry Kellum Sound/Sound Designer
Ernie Leadlay Editor
Frank Redman Cinematographer
Sid Rogell Executive Producer
Herman Schlom Producer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Jean L. Speak Sound/Sound Designer
Eric Taylor Screenwriter
Roy Webb Score Composer

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