This entry in RKO’s ‘Dick Tracy’ series draws on gruesome character of The Claw as menacing opponent of the pen-and-ink detective. Thrills are backed up with good budget production values.
Ralph Byrd is an okay Tracy, with enough resemblance to the fictional character to carry off the role. Jack Lambert gives expert study to his role as The Claw, grotesque character right out of the Chester Gould strip. Plot moves along under John Rawlins’ directorial wing to show how Tracy busts up a fur-stealing racket that’s an insurance fraud.
Lyle Latell is the strip Pat. Kay Christopher is Tess and Ian Keith chews scenery as the flamboyant Vitamin Flintheart. Bernadene Hayes shows up well in brief spot as Longshot Lillie. Jimmy Conlin does an excellent character role as Sightless, pencil-peddler who aids Tracy.