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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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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.
Next up was Ralph Byrd who protrayed Tracy in 4 serials earlier in his career. He not only acts the part but also looks it with his wide strong jaw and solid build he was definitely more than any other actor to look the role and was the closest to acting the most like Tracey. His movies were Dick Tracy's Dilemma and DT meets Gruesome which stars Boris Karloff as Gruesome. The movies were more B than the first two but still worth a look and definite good time fillers.
Karloff always lifts a movie up from the mundane to make it a good viewing enjoyable time. The four movies are fun and at a reasonable price. The films are presented here by VCI and are a solid fun set that look fine and have good sound. I do not have a complaint of any film I have purchased from VCI they do a really fine job at presenting the forgotten films of long ago.
If you love thses Dick Tracy films as I do, get the VCI Box Set ASAP before it's gone.
For adults, great viewing. I loved Boris Karloff as Gruesome in the final film. As for the two actors in the role of Dick Tracy, I liked Conway Morgan's style and treatment of the character, but RKO went with Ralph Byrd for the last two films, perhaps because he had done the role for the earlier DT serials and was well-liked by audiences. I really liked the child actor who was DT's son in the first film, not too impressed with the talent for that role beyond that.
Great stuff, definitely PG-13.
The picture quality for each is great considering how old they are.
Dick Tracy Detective and vs Cueball feature Morgan Conway.
Dick Tracy's Dilemma and Dick Tracy meets Gruesome feature the more popular Ralph Byrd.
All four films are great and have a great balance of action and criminal detective work.
I recommend these to fans like myself who enjoy vintage cops and robbers type films.
These are well filmed, great camera angles and capture the magic of Film Noir.
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.Read more ›
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This is for the VCI set. Very nice prints of all 4 movies. And at $9.99 it's like $2.50 a movie. Thanks VCI/Published 1 month ago by William Marsee
My son has always loved Dick Tracy from a small kid and he liked this for one of his gifts this Christmas.Published 7 months ago by Big Screen troubleshoot
Four great Tracy adventures. Filmed in glorious black and white with good supporting actors playing different roles in each movie.Published 17 months ago by Peacejoggr