Dick Tracy's Dilemma
Herman Schlom for RKO
directed by John Rawlins
starring Ralph Byrd, Jack Lambert, Jimmy Conlin, William B.Davidson, Charles Marsh, Al Bridge, Lyle Latell, Bernadene Hayes, Ian Keith, Kay Christopher, Tony Barrett, Tom Keene (as Richard Powers), Wade Crosby, Jason Robards sr, William Gould, Sean McClory
screenplay by Robert Stephen Brode, based on the comic strip by Chester Gould, music by Paul Sawtell
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Mr Humphries' (Charles Marsh) fur shop is robbed, which by itself
wouldn't be much of a case, but since the night watchman (Jason Robards
sr) was killed in the process, it is a case for Homicide, & before
long, Dick Tracy (Ralph Byrd) & Pat Patton (Lyle Latell) start
investigating, but immediately have very little to go on but some bits of
information by their informer Sightless (Jimmy Conlin), who is soon killed
off though, the testimony of Longshot Lillie (Bernadene Hayes), who was
supposed to be the fur-thieves fence but in fact knows very little, &
then there's a clue that proves that the killer had an iron claw instead
of a right hand ... & after going through the records, Dick soon
learns that the killer can only be a recently escaped convict with the
fitting name The Claw (JAck Lambert). But since the Claw is known
to be little more than a brutal thug, Dick still has to figure out who his
employer is ... & soon hooks up with Humphries' incurance agent
Premium (William B.Davidson), who, Dick figures, will soon get a call from
Claw after the deal with the original fence, Lillie, fell through.
to say, Dick's hunch was right, & somehow, from there Dick can also
figure out who was behind robbing Humphrie's fur-store ... none other than
Humphries himself, who was planning a big inxurance scam.
soon arrested, now all that's left to do for Dick is to hunt down the
Claw, who finally loses his life when he is chased into a powerstation,
& - once there - his iron claw gets caught up in a few cables, which
leads to instant electrocution ...
After 2 rather disappointing
Dick Tracy-features starring Morgan Conway (Dick
Tracy, Detective & Dick
Tracy vs Cueball), Ralph Byrd, Dick Tracy in 4 Republic
serials was hired to once again play his most popular role. & in
direct comparison, of course, Byrd is better than the uncharismatic Morgan
Conway. But apart from that this Tracy-entry differed little
from the two previous, featuring a rather lame murder mystery that gives
away everything way too soon& pretty much goes out of its way to not
surprise the audience. Rather boring.