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Dick Tracy Detective


Dick must stop the mysterious killings of various people with no obvious connection.

Dick Tracy (also known as Dick Tracy, Detective) is a 1945 American Pulp magazine action film based on the Dick Tracy comic strip created by Chester Gould. The film is the first installment of the Dick Tracy#Early feature films, released by RKO Radio Pictures.


Dick Tracy (Morgan Conway), a supremely intelligent police detective, must solve a series of brutal murders in which the victims, all from different social and economic backgrounds, are viciously slashed to pieces by the one known as Splitface. Suspects flourish but Tracy must find the common link of extortion and revenge before more are killed.


  • Morgan Conway as Dick Tracy, the tough detective, who lets nothing stand in the way of justice.
  • Anne Jeffreys as Tess Trueheart, Tracy's girlfriend, who often falls victim to her boyfriends workoholism.
  • Mike Mazurki as Alexis "Splitface" Banning, a psychotic ex-con who seeks revenge. His weapon is a sharp surgical knife. He has a big disfiguring scar across his face.
  • Jane Greer as Jane Owens, a suspect.
  • Lyle Latell as Pat Patton, Tracy's bumbling assistant.
  • Joseph Crehan as Chief Brandon, the reliable chief of police.
  • Mickey Kuhn as Junior, Tracy's adopted son.
  • Trevor Bardette as Prof. Linwood J. Starling, a strange medium, and also a suspect.
  • Morgan Wallace as Steve Owens, a stern businessman.
  • Milton Parsons as Deathridge the Undertaker, a mysterious, skeletal suspect.
  • William Halligan as Mayor, the worried mayor of Chicago.


Getting the rights to produce Dick Tracy from the character's creator, Chester Gould, cost RKO pictures $10,000. This was the first in a series of Dick Tracy films produced by RKO.< name="AFI staff 2013" />



  • Category:1945 films
    Category:Films directed by William A. Berke
    Category:Film noir
    Category:Dick Tracy films
    Category:RKO Pictures films
    Category:Films about organized crime in the United States
    Category:Films based on American comics
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