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Dick Tracy RKO Classic Collection: Dick Tracy Detective; Dick Tracy vs. Cueball, Dick Tracy's Dilemma & Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome


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The comic-strip crimefighter Dick Tracy, created by Chester Gould, was part of the Saturday matinee serials, starring Ralph Byrd. In 1945, RKO revived the Tracy series, and Morgan Conway was chosen to portray Tracy in a pair of feature films: Dick Tracy and Dick Tracy vs. Cueball. RKO's earliest publicity photos posed Conway in profile, hoping to imitate Gould's square-jawed caricatures. Although Conway s screen Tracy didn't resemble the print Tracy in the flesh, Conway's dramatic interpretation was faithful; he gave the role a humble, businesslike quality while keeping with police procedure. Morgan Conway is considered by many to be the best on screen Dick Tracy. Although Conway's Tracy was praised by critics as the closest to Gould's original concept, the public seemed to prefer Byrd, who returned in the role for the final two RKO features. To them, Ralph Byrd was Dick Tracy. RKO accepted this and hired Byrd to finish the series. Dick Tracy's Dilemma and Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome. Boris Karloff spices up the final RKO feature as the fearsome bad guy known as Gruesome. All four movies had many of the visual features associated with film noir: dramatic, shadowy photographic compositions, with many exterior scenes filmed at night. In addition, RKO stocked the films with familiar faces, creating a true rogues' gallery of characters. Max Allan Collins -- who took over the writing of the TRACY strip from Chester Gould, and went on to create ROAD TO PERDITION -- provides informative on-screen introductions to each film, exclusive to this VCI release. Bonus Features Scene Selection, Chapter 1 of Dick Tracy Returns serial, Chapter 1 of Dick Tracy's G-Men serial, Photo Gallery - RKO Lobby Cards, Intros by Max Allan Collins, Trailers, Adlets Product Specs 2-DVD9s; Dolby Digital; 250 minutes; B&W; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA NR; Year 1945, 1946 & 1947; SRP - $14.99.

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  • Actors: Morgan Conway, Ralph Byrd, Anne Jeffreys, Mike Mazurki, Lyle Latell
  • Directors: William Berke, Gordon Douglas, John Rawlins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 250 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018AB802
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,957 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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For adults, great viewing.
J. Kelley
Filmed in glorious black and white with good supporting actors playing different roles in each movie.
Peacejoggr
VCI does an excellent job with this box set.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tim Lasiuta on November 24, 2010
The RKO Dick Tracy collection is remarkable.

Consisting of four films, Dick Tracy Detective, Dick Tracy Vs Cueball, Dick Tracy's Dilemna, and Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome, each production is digitally restored up to exacting standards. The tones are rich and deep, the soundtrack is clean and clear of any distractions. Even the Max Allan Collins introduction is far better than most I have seen, mind you Mr Collins has a vested interest in the detective.

To the films. As a younger viewer, I saw them first during university when a Seattle station presented two hours of classic noir/cliffhangers 5 days a week.I lost sleep, but it was worth it. I was hooked and part of the reason is Mr Conway and these for films. Detective is titilating, but my favorite film is Gruesome with Boris Karloff. It must be the villain in that film.

Special features include two sample chapters, a RKO lobby card gallery, film trailers, and of course, Mr Collins himself.

Viewed from this side of the 1940's, the comic strip/cameo introduction smacks true with many of today's comic book inspired productions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Patrick Boyd on July 31, 2010
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Dick Tracy RKO Classic Collection is on a two disc DVD set and is four hours and eight minutes long. The collection has all four Dick Tracy movies released by RKO Pictures. RKO did not use any of the villains from the comic strip and instead went with their own villains. Each movie is given a brief history by former Dick Tracy writer Max Allan Collins. Below is the list of the movies in the order that they appear.

Dick Tracy, Detective is one hour and one minute long and was released in theaters on December 1, 1945. Morgan Conway is the second person to portray the famous detective. In this movie the killer goes by the name of Splitface; who is not an original Dick Tracy comic strip character. Splitface is killing the jurors who sent him prison. It is up to Dick Tracy to find and to rescue Junior and Tess Trueheart from Splitface. In this B movie, Pat Patton is portrayed as a smart and not a helpless sidekick to Dick Tracy. The movie version stays true to the comic strip.

Dick Tracy vs. Cueball is one hour and two minutes and was released in theaters on December 18, 1946. This is the second of four Dick Tracy movies release through RKO studios. Harry "Cueball" Lake has just been released from prison and is being paid to steal uncut diamonds. Cueball kills Lester Abbott the guy who has the diamonds. A quick note; Trevor Bardette who played Professor Starling in the first Dick Tracy makes a cameo appearance as the doomed Lester Abbott. Cueball goes into hiding until he gets his money for the diamonds. Cueball kills Percival Priceless because he believes that he brought the cops in on this and Cueball also kills Filthy Flora for trying to steal his diamonds. Cueball eventually meets his death on the railroad tracks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew J. McCabe on July 27, 2008
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This is a fantastic set for anyone who is a fan of Dick Tracy. The first film hits all the right notes, great noir vibe, and the best translations of Dick Tracy comic strip characters for that time. RKO Pictures did a great job, as they did with most of the pictures they made in those days. The other films are not to bad either, lots of fun in the final flick with Boris Karloff as the character Gruesome. Each movie has a little intro by Max Allan Collins (who wrote the strip from late 70s to the early 90s), which is a swank little bonus provided by VCI. Fans of comic strips and comic books should pick it up! The right price for great movies.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 22, 2008
VCI Entertainment and RKO Radio Pictures presents Chester Gould's comic strip creation "DICK TRACY RKO CLASSIC COLLECTION" (1945-1947) (250 mins/B&W) (Dolby digitally remastered) --- Dick Tracy is a long-running comic strip featuring a popular and familiar character in American pop culture --- Dick Tracy is a hard-hitting, fast-shooting, and supremely intelligent police detective who has matched wits with a variety of often grotesquely ugly villains --- Created by cartoonist Chester Gould in 1931, the strip made its debut appearance on October 4, 1931, distributed by the Chicago Tribune Syndicate --- Gould wrote and drew the strip until 1977 --- Chester Gould retired from comics in 1977; his last Dick Tracy strip appeared in print on Sunday, December 25 of that year --- The following Monday, Dick Tracy was taken over by Max Allan Collins and longtime Gould assistant Rick Fletcher --- Gould's name remained in the byline for a few years after his retirement as a story consultant -- (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

The first film - "DICK TRACY, DETECTIVE" (1 December 1945) (61 mins/B&W)

Under the production staff of:
William A. Berke - Director
Herman Schlom - Producer
Eric Taylor - Screenwriter
Frank Redman - Cinematographer
Constantin Bakaleinikoff - Musical Direction/Supervision
Roy Webb - Composer (Music Score)
Ernie Leadlay - Editor
Ralph Berger - Art Director
Albert S. D'Agostino - Art Director
Sid Rogell - Executive Producer
Darrell Silvera - Set Designer
Terry Kellum - Sound/Sound Designer
Jean L.
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