Dick Tracy's Dilemma (1947)

Genres - Action, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film, Superhero Film  |   Release Date - Jul 12, 1947 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Despite good work by Morgan Conway in the initial two Dick Tracy features, Ralph Byrd's return to the role is cause for celebration. Happily, Byrd follows Conway's lead and plays the character with steely determination and director John Rawlins adds enough noir touches to satisfy even a more discriminating modern audience. Chester Gould-like supporting characters also include Longshot Lillie (Bernadene Hayes), tough and unflinching even under intense pressure; Vitamin Flintheart (Ian Keith), as grandiose as ever and obviously patterned after John Barrymore; and, of course, the Claw himself, played by Jack Lambert with a monosyllabic malice not often found in this kind of cinematic pulp fiction. Add little Jimmy Conlin as the none too handicapped Sightless and you have a rogue's gallery worthy of Damon Runyon.