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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.
Four great Tracy adventures. Filmed in glorious black and white with good supporting actors playing different roles in each movie.Published 7 months ago by Peacejoggr
These films have been kicking around for years. Many of the prints have been fair to horrible. VCI does an excellent job with this box set. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ricky
You get four movies with this set.
The picture quality for each is great considering how old they are.
Dick Tracy Detective and vs Cueball feature Morgan Conway. Read more
I'm finding I enjoy the old serials (and when I mean old, I mean ones produced c. 1940) and they are a great way to enjoy something on tv w/my 5 year old. Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by J. Kelley
These are the 4 movies made in the 40s by RKO studios. The first two star Morgan Conway who does a good job being Tracy he just does not look the part. Read morePublished on March 14, 2013 by Pulpman
This was a gift where a guy could sink his teeth into what was happenning. Dick Tracy was a legend.Published on November 23, 2012 by Jeff C.