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Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 26 September 1947 (USA)
Dick Tracy goes up against a villain who robs banks using a nerve gas.

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John Rawlins

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Robertson White (screenplay), Eric Taylor (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Gruesome
Ralph Byrd ... Dick Tracy
Anne Gwynne ... Tess Trueheart
Edward Ashley ... Dr. L. E. Thal
June Clayworth ... Dr. Irma M. Learned
Lyle Latell Lyle Latell ... Pat Patton
Tony Barrett Tony Barrett ... Melody
Skelton Knaggs ... X-Ray
James Nolan ... Dan Sterne (as Jim Nolan)
Joseph Crehan ... Chief Brandon
Milton Parsons ... Dr. A. Tomic
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Storyline

A gang of criminals, which includes a piano player and an imposing former convict known as 'Gruesome', has found out about a scientist's secret formula for a gas that temporarily paralyzes anyone who breathes it. When Gruesome accidentally inhales some of the gas and passes out, the police think he is dead and take him to the morgue, where he later revives and escapes. This puzzling incident attracts the interest of Dick Tracy, and when the criminals later use the gas to rob a bank, Tracy realizes that he must devote his entire attention to stopping them. Written by Snow Leopard

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dick Tracy vs. The Gruesome Gang See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Of the cast, Anne Gwynne was the last to pass away in 2003 at age 84 at the Motion Picture Retirement Home in Woodland Hills, CA. Edward Ashley lived the longest to age 95, passing away in 2000. Ralph Byrd lived the shortest, passing away at age 43 in 1952. Skelton Knaggs also only lived to age 43, but passed away in 1955. See more »

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Pat Patton: I'm sitting here, see, writing out this report on the stiff. All of a sudden, blackout! Something hit me here: a crowbar or a small bulldozer.
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Gruesome is quite good
9 April 2005 | by ghannahSee all my reviews

My first introduction to Dick Tracy was the cartoon series of the 1950s (60s?) and then later the Sunday comics. I saw the big screen Warren Beatty/ Madonna effort and was curious about these earlier efforts. I wasn't expecting much but was pleasantly surprised by this adaptation. Gruesome, played by Boris Karloff, looks as if he just stepped out of the Chester Gould strip (without the lavish makeup of the 1990s version) and several supporting characters also have the grotesque look that made the comic popular. The story revolves around a mysterious gas that can temporarily freeze people. While they're in suspended animation, the baddies can rob the bank (the perfect plan huh?) Anyway, it's up to Dick Tracy (Ralph Byrd) to solve the mystery and put an end to Gruesome's crime spree. It's all good fun with more plot than you'd expect and a solid amount of screen time to Karloff. Humour peppers the thrills to make it an enjoyable film.


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