Hot action celluloid that's bang-up and bang-bang from start to finish. RKO, which assumed screen rights to Chester Gould's cartoon after Republic finished using it as basis for a serial, turns out these hour-long features on the 'B' corner of its lot, but gives them first-class production dress. Scripting is simply designed, but tightly welded while topnotch direction keeps the accelerator pedal pressed to the floor throughout.
Hot action celluloid that’s bang-up and bang-bang from start to finish. RKO, which assumed screen rights to Chester Gould’s cartoon after Republic finished using it as basis for a serial, turns out these hour-long features on the ‘B’ corner of its lot, but gives them first-class production dress. Scripting is simply designed, but tightly welded while topnotch direction keeps the accelerator pedal pressed to the floor throughout.
Following the strip closely on essential points, the film is peopled with a rogue’s gallery of grotesque cutthroats, degenerates and slick criminal masterminds who, of course, are outwitted and outslugged by the square-chinned dick.
Story revolves around Dick Tracy’s efforts to sniff out a nest of jewel thieves operating through a blind of respectable dealers. Cueball, a brutal looking hombre who’s been double-crossed by the gang, knocks off most of them himself with Tracy left only with the job of finishing Cueball.
Portrayal of Tracy by Morgan Conway is straightforward thesping with more emphasis on direct action than any facial expression. Dick Wessell makes an ominous strangler as Cueball while mild romantic interest of Tess Truehart, is handled competently by Anne Jeffreys.
Dick Tracy vs Cueball
RKO. Director Gordon Douglas; Producer Herman Schlom; Screenplay Dana Lussier, Robert E. Kent; Camera George E. Diskant; Editor Philip Martin; Music Constantin Bakaleinikoff; Art Director Albert S. D'Agostino, Lucius O. Croxton
(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1946. Running time: 62 MIN.
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