Newest Reviews
Batman: The Long Halloween Part Two
Psychic, The
Brief Encounter
Boys from County Hell
All Hands On Deck
Beasts Clawing at Straws
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Windom's Way
True Don Quixote, The
Mitchells vs. the Machines, The
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Unholy, The
How to Deter a Robber
Offering, The
Enola Holmes
Big Calamity, The
Man Under Table
Freedom Fields
Boy Behind the Door, The
Swords of the Space Ark
I Still See You
Most Beautiful Boy in the World, The
Luz: The Flower of Evil
Human Voice, The
Guns Akimbo
Being a Human Person
Giants and Toys
Millionaires Express
Bringing Up Baby
World to Come, The
Air Conditioner
Fear and Loathing in Aspen
Riders of Justice
Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki, The
For Those Who Think Young
Newest Articles
Truth Kills: Blow Out on Blu-ray
A Monument to All the Bullshit in the World: 1970s Disaster Movies
Take Care with Peanuts: Interview with Melissa Menta (SVP of Marketing)
Silent is Golden: Futtocks End... and Other Short Stories on Blu-ray
Winner on Losers: West 11 on Blu-ray
Freewheelin' - Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends on Digital
Never Sleep: The Night of the Hunter on Blu-ray
Sherlock vs Ripper: Murder by Decree on Blu-ray
That Ol' Black Magic: Encounter of the Spooky Kind on Blu-ray
She's Evil! She's Brilliant! Basic Instinct on Blu-ray
Hong Kong Dreamin': World of Wong Kar Wai on Blu-ray
Buckle Your Swash: The Devil-Ship Pirates on Blu-ray
Way of the Exploding Fist: One Armed Boxer on Blu-ray
A Lot of Growing Up to Do: Fast Times at Ridgemont High on Blu-ray
Oh My Godard: Masculin Feminin on Blu-ray
Let Us Play: Play for Today Volume 2 on Blu-ray
Before The Matrix, There was Johnny Mnemonic: on Digital
More Than Mad Science: Karloff at Columbia on Blu-ray
Indian Summer: The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-ray
3 from 1950s Hollyweird: Dr. T, Mankind and Plan 9
Meiko Kaji's Girl Gangs: Stray Cat Rock on Arrow
Having a Wild Weekend: Catch Us If You Can on Blu-ray
The Drifters: Star Lucie Bourdeu Interview
Meiko Kaji Behind Bars: Female Prisoner Scorpion on Arrow
The Horror of the Soviets: Viy on Blu-ray
  Dick Tracy's Dilemma Off The Hook
Year: 1947
Director: John Rawlins
Stars: Ralph Byrd, Lyle Latell, Kay Christopher, Jack Lambert, Ian Keith, Bernadene Hayes, Jimmy Conlin, William B. Davidson, Tony Barrett, Tom Keene
Genre: ThrillerBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: It's late in the evening and outside a fur warehouse there is a mysterious figure skulking about; he is known as The Claw (Jack Lambert) and he is part of a gang with plans for the merchandise. The Claw knocks out the nightwatchman and kills the lights, then opens the trade entrance to allow a truck to park inside. His two accomplices get out and set about cracking the lock on the door to the furs, but they don't notice the nightwatchman has revived himself and is approaching, pistol drawn. Not that it does him much good and soon the gang have made their getaway so Dick Tracy (Ralph Byrd) has another murder case to solve...

For RKO's third Dick Tracy B-movie they brought back the actor most associated with the role, Ralph Byrd, although otherwise this was pretty much business as usual. As with the previous instalment, the detective isn't dealing with a criminal mastermind but a thug, and The Claw is distinguished by his limping gait and the hook that has replaced his hand, the same appendage that did for the nightwatchman. His accomplices are more stock characters, and there little sense of Tracy matching wits against a worthy adversary although at least this time it doesn't appear as if he is being led around by the nose by the clues.

No, there's a big slice of detective work here, which starts when the nightwatchman's body is found and his handkerchief has a message scrawled on it. Taking it to the lab, it takes some decyphering, but enough to give Tracy a lead, and soon the police have an idea that the criminals can be traced to a seedy bar called The Blinking Skull (complete with neon sign outside of an, er, blinking skull). The reason they know this is down to the sacrifice of Sightless (Jimmy Conlin), a peddler who was an informer in the pay of Tracy. He spies on The Claw and company and realises that this is who the detective is on the lookout for, but he is noticed and chased, getting the information to the right man before The Claw does him in.

The right man being Vitamin Flintheart (Ian Keith), the florid thespian who dismisses Sightless as unimportant and is racked with guilt when the little man turns up dead. Nevertheless, Tracy knows what to do and employs Vitamin (Keith is one of the most amusing aspects of this series) to go undercover to assist him. The mystery's solution is predictable - when the insurance company get involved you know something shady is going on - and the spirit of Chester Gould's original comic strips, of which, as usual we see characters from in the opening credits, isn't really here except in the odd personality. It's more of a routine B-movie than anything else, but entertaining enough while it's on with some nice noir-ish photography to accentuate the shadows of those mean streets.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark


This review has been viewed 3480 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

Review Comments (0)

Untitled 1

Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Desbris M
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf


Last Updated: