The movie "Dick Tracy" (also known as "Dick Tracy, Detective") is a 1945 American pulp action film based on the Dick Tracy comic strip created by Chester Gould. The film is the first installment of the Dick Tracy film series.
Dick Tracy (Morgan Conway), a supremely intelligent police detective, must solve a series of brutal murders in which the victims, all from different social and economic backgrounds, are viciously slashed to pieces by the one known as Splitface. Suspects flourish but Tracy must find the common link of extortion and revenge before more are killed.
Directed by William A. Berke, produced by Herman Schlom, written by Eric Taylor and Chester Gould (comic), starring Morgan Conway as Dick Tracy (the tough detective, who let's nothing stand in the way of justice), Anne Jeffreys as Tess Trueheart (Tracy's girlfriend, who often falls victim to her boyfriends workoholism), Mike Mazurki as Alexis "Splitface" Banning (a psychotic ex-con who seeks revenge. His weapon is a sharp surgical knife. He has a big disfiguring scar across his face), Jane Greer as Jane Owens (a suspect), Lyle Latell as Pat Patton (Tracy's bumbling assistant), Joseph Crehan as Chief Brandon (the reliable chief of police), Mickey Kuhn as Junior (Tracy's adopted son), Trevor Bardette as Prof. Linwood J. Starling (a strange medium, and also a suspect), Morgan Wallace as Steve Owens (a stern businessman), Milton Parsons as Deathridge the Undertaker (a mysterious, skeletal suspect) and William Halligan as Mayor (the worried mayor of Chicago).
Source: "Dick Tracy (1945 film)" Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.. 17 March 2013. Web. 5 April 2013. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Tracy_(1945_film).
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Dick Tracy (1945) [Crime] [Action] [Mystery]