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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 »
Penultimate film for Morgan Conway, a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild. This was Conway's second and last portrayal of Dick Tracy. Conway's "Tracy" films were successful at the box office, but theater owners thought a return to the "original" Tracy, actor Ralph Byrd, would make the series even more of a draw. Byrd had played Tracy in four highly successful serials from Republic released from 1937 to 1941. Creator Chester Gould wanted Conway to continue in the role, but he was assigned to another "B" unit film and his contract, which expired in 1947, was not renewed.
I can see that police work might be *very* interesting.
Dick Tracy: Now, Tess, those were policewomen.
Vitamin Flintheart: Policewomen? Ha! A man is confronted with jeopardy from all sides.
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.
Opening credits list 'Introducing' Cueball (see also entry under 'Trivia'.
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