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Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Mystery | 18 December 1946 (USA)
Expensive diamonds are stolen but before the thief can fence them he is strangled by ex-con Cueball, who then takes the gems and continues murdering people he believes are trying to swindle... See full summary »


Gordon Douglas (as Gordon M. Douglas)


Dane Lussier (screen play by), Robert E. Kent (screen play by) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Morgan Conway ... Dick Tracy
Anne Jeffreys ... Tess Trueheart
Lyle Latell ... Pat Patton
Rita Corday ... Mona Clyde
Ian Keith ... Vitamin Flintheart
Dick Wessel ... Cueball
Douglas Walton ... Percival Priceless
Esther Howard ... Filthy Flora
Joseph Crehan ... Chief Brandon
Byron Foulger ... Simon Little
Jimmy Crane Jimmy Crane ... Junior
Milton Parsons ... Higby
Skelton Knaggs ... Rudolph


Expensive diamonds are stolen but before the thief can fence them he is strangled by ex-con Cueball, who then takes the gems and continues murdering people he believes are trying to swindle him. Dick Tracy allows his girlfriend Tess to act as a buyer for the gems but his plan backfires when she is captured by the homicidal Cueball. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Ian Keith as "Vitamin Flintheart" is doing a wicked, but devastatingly accurate impersonation of John Barrymore. See more »


Keep an eye on an early scene when Mona Clyde places a note under the shop door to the Priceless Antiques shop. It appeared that she placed it entirely under the door, but when Tracy comes by to retrieve it, a large portion of the note is visible before it's picked up on the other side. See more »


Vitamin Flintheart: [as four policewomen enter Tracy's office] It appears that the great Tracy is about to become innundated by an avalanche of feminine pulchritude.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits list 'Introducing' Cueball (see also entry under 'Trivia'. See more »


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Better Than a Circus Side-Show
9 October 2008 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

So where else would viewers see a friendly neighborhood dive called The Dripping Dagger, replete with a gleaming graphic of blood falling from a wicked-looking stabber. Sort of whets the old desire to drop in for a drink and maybe a piece of unelective surgery. Pretty good Tracy tongue-in-cheek. These programmers were always played straight, but the outlandish names tip off the real intent. Tracy's trying to track down a murderous jewel thief whose shaved head resembles that of a new-born. In those days, pure baldies were a rarity unlike today's hairless male fashion. Great cast that includes such visual eccentrics as the sepulchral Milton Parsons and the unfortunate Skelton Knaggs whose cratered face peering through a magnifying lens would frighten Frankenstein. But stealing the show is blowzy old Esther Howard who looks like she's been on a 60 year bender, and acts like a 60-year old Mike Tyson. So when she backs down even the burly strongman Cueball, we believe it. Actually, these entries get their appeal from the parade of human eccentrics that populate them. To me, however, the biggest mystery is why Tracy doesn't spend more time at home with the very uneccentric looking Tess Trueheart (Anne Jeffries) who is enough to turn any man's head, square-jawed cop or not.

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Release Date:

18 December 1946 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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