DICK TRACY (1945)
aka Dick Tracy, Detective
Article 1837 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 3-26-2006
Posting Date: 8-23-2006
Directed by William A. Berke
Featuring Morgan Conway, Anne Jeffreys, Mike Mazurki
Dick Tracy investigates a series of savage knife murders committed by a man named Splitface.
Though I prefer Ralph Byrd to Morgan Conway in the role of Dick Tracy, this feature version of the comic strip character (the first of series of four) isn’t half bad. It isn’t quite as much fun as DICK TRACY VERSUS CUEBALL , due to the fact that the movie doesn’t seem to be having quite as much fun with the characters, but Mike Mazurki always makes for an effective villain, and the movie also features the cadaverous Milton Parsons as (you guessed it) an undertaker. There is a bit of a sadistic edge to the movie, what with the killer slashing his victims repeatedly with a knife. This detail adds a bit of the horror element to the movie, as does the presence of a spiritualist who is also a master hypnotist. Not great, but it’s watchable enough.