Dick Tracy's Dilemma (1947)





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Ralph Byrd returns to the character he had originated ten years earlier in the serial Dick Tracy. This time, Chester Gould's immortal comic strip hero is called in to handle a fur theft. The owner of Flawless Furs, Humphreys (Charles Marsh), has just signed on with the Honesty Insurance Company whose investigator, Cudd (Al Bridge), made him change the combination to the vault. The insurance policy --as the head of Honesty, Peter Premium (William B. Davidson), explains -- holds the company liable if the stolen furs haven't been recovered within 24 hours of the theft. The trail leads to Longshot Lily (Bernadene Hayes), a would-be fence who is promptly arrested. But when Tracy's snitch, Sightless (Jimmy Conlin), is found brutally murdered, the detective realizes that he has more than a simple fur theft on his hands. With the help of master thespian Vitamin Flintheart (Ian Keith) and ever-present sidekick Pat Patton (Lyle Latell), Tracy follows a series of clues that leads him to a deserted junkyard and a fateful confrontation with fiendish killer "the Claw" (Jack Lambert). Dick Tracy's Dilemma was followed by Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947), after which RKO retired the series.
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Ralph Byrd
as Dick Tracy
Jack Lambert
as The Claw
Ian Keith
as Vitamin
Bernadene Hayes
as Longshot Lillie
Jimmy Conlin
as Sightless
William B. Davidson
as Peter Premium
Al Bridge
as Investigator Cudd
Tom Keene
as Pred
Harry Strang
as Night Watchman
Tom London
as Cop in Squad Car
Harry Harvey
as Donovan, Cop
Alan Bridge
as Police Detective
William Gould
as Police Technician
Charles Marsh
as Humphreys
Jay Norris
as Morgue Attendant
Philip Warren
as Police Sergeant
Elena Warren
as Matron
Roger Creed
as Taxi Driver
Wade Crosby
as Jigger
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Critic Reviews for Dick Tracy's Dilemma

All Critics (3)

Grade B comic book-based thriller, one of Tracy series.

November 3, 2008

My dilemma is that I recall liking the comic strip as a kid yet am less than thrilled with this flat and at times unbearably grating detective story programmer.

Full Review… | November 12, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The problem here is that the exposition is stale stuff.

July 25, 2001
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Dick Tracy's Dilemma


Tracy is on the case of stolen furs, not that we care about stolen furs, but at least the criminals are interesting. This is a pretty exciting movie, but it could be better.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Decent entry in the Dick Tracy series, with Ralph Byrd returning to his most famous role. Jack Lambert makes an especially effective villain.

Ben Ritchie
Ben Ritchie

I always like the Dick Tracy series. For low budget films they were usually a good quality, not too long and they moved along very fast, and this one is no exception to that. The supporting cast is great, good story.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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