Dick Tracy vs. Cueball

Dick Tracy vs. Cueball

Director: Gordon M. Douglas

Cast: Gordon M. Douglas, Morgan Conway, Anne Jeffreys, Lyle Latell

     
 

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Morgan Conway made his final screen appearance as Chester Gould's granite-jawed detective Dick Tracy in this RKO Radio programmer. This time around, Tracy's nemesis is baldheaded jewel thief Cueball, played with blunt menace by Dick Wessel. Double-crossed by his gang, Cueball methodically bumps them off. This would normally delight the cops, who'd been wanting to get

Overview

Morgan Conway made his final screen appearance as Chester Gould's granite-jawed detective Dick Tracy in this RKO Radio programmer. This time around, Tracy's nemesis is baldheaded jewel thief Cueball, played with blunt menace by Dick Wessel. Double-crossed by his gang, Cueball methodically bumps them off. This would normally delight the cops, who'd been wanting to get rid of the gang anyway, but unfortunately Cueball has vowed to eliminate Tracy as well. The villain's ultimate demise is as good as anything cooked up by Chester Gould for the comic strips. Directed and written in the same larger-than-life style of the Gould original, Dick Tracy vs. Cueball features such colorful characters as Tracy's main squeeze Tess Trueheart (Anne Jeffreys), pill-popping ham actor Vitamin Flintheart (Ian Keith), waterfront hag Filthy Flora (Esther Howard) and jewelry shop proprietor Jules Priceless (Douglas Walton). For reasons that defy explanation, this delightfully daffy concoction was spotlighted in the notorious volume The Fifty Worst Films of All Time.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
A so-called film historian once listed Dick Tracy Vs. Cueball among the "Fifty Worst Films of All Time." Pay absolutely no notice! A delightful whodunit very much in the spirit of Chester Gould's original comic strip, this sometimes rather violent humdinger of a Grade-B film shouldn't be found on any "Worst Films" list at all and is actually more entertaining than Warren Beatty's critically acclaimed but over-produced blockbuster of 1990. Here are deliciously juicy performances by Ian Keith as Vitamin Flintheart, a character very much based on the latter-day John Barrymore; Esther Howard as the old waterfront hag Filthy Flora; and, of course, Dick Wessel as the rampaging title character, whose eventual demise remains a shocker. Although not popular with contemporary audiences, Morgan Conway's Tracy is actually considered the definitive version by some notable modern aficionados and if he doesn't quite resemble his comic strip alter ego, Conway's jaw-punching portrayal is perhaps closer to Gould's no-nonsense crime fighter than competitors Ralph Byrd and Warren Beatty. Anne Jeffreys, meanwhile, repeats her spirited Tess Truehart from Dick Tracy and Lyle Latell adds his usual bumbling comic by-play as sidekick Pat Patton.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/18/2003
UPC:
0089218410597
Original Release:
1946
Rating:
NR
Source:
Alpha Video
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:02:00
Sales rank:
90,628

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Morgan Conway Dick Tracy
Anne Jeffreys Tess Trueheart
Lyle Latell Pat Patton
Rita Corday Mona Clyde
Ian Keith Vitamin Flintheart
Douglas Walton Percival Priceless
Esther Howard Filthy Flora
Joseph Crehan Chief Brandon
Byron Foulger Simon Little
Jimmy Crane Junior
Milton Parsons Higby
Skelton Knaggs Rudolph
Harry V. Cheshire Jules Sparkle
Ralph Dunn Cop
Dick Wessel Cueball
Trevor Bardette Lester Abbott
Philip Warren Dr. Martin
Dorothy Granger Leeds
Jack Cheatham Cop
Raoul Freeman Cop
Robert Bray Steve
William Newell Piano Player
Max Wagner Bartender
Frank Mills Drunk
Eddie Borden Drunk
Jimmy Clemons Butch
Bill Wallace Doorman
Perc Launders Telephone Operator
Lee Frederick Purser
Jason Robards Captain
Fred Aldrich Man

Technical Credits
Gordon M. Douglas Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Score Composer
Lucius O. Croxton Art Director
Russell A. Cully Special Effects
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
George E. Diskant Cinematographer
Robert Kent Screenwriter
Dane Lussier Screenwriter
Philip Martin Editor
Phil Ohman Score Composer
Sid Rogell Executive Producer
Herman Schlom Producer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Shelby Willis Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [9:19]
2. Chapter 2 [12:00]
3. Chapter 3 [10:37]
4. Chapter 4 [9:45]
5. Chapter 5 [9:46]
6. Chapter 6 [10:40]

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