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Dick Tracy vs. Cueball


Tracy hunts down the infamous Cueball when get wind of a vicious murder and a robbery of precious diamonds

Dick Tracy vs. Cueball is a 1946 American Pulp magazine action film based on the Dick Tracy created by Chester Gould. The dark and moody film noir stars Morgan Conway as Dick Tracy in the second installment of the Dick Tracy#Early feature films released by RKO Radio Pictures. Years later, Dick Tracy vs. Cueball was included as one of the choices in the book The Fifty Worst Films of All Time.


Luxurious diamonds are stolen but before the thief can safely hide them aboard an ocean liner he is strangled by ex-conman Cueball (Dick Tracy Villian). Cueball takes the valuable diamonds and is given uge by Filthy Flora, madam of the Dripping Dagger Bar, and then continues on murdering people that he believes are trying to double-cross him. Dick Tracy allows his attractive girlfriend Tess to act as a buyer for the diamonds but is put in grave danger when Cueball vows to eliminate . . .


  • Morgan Conway as Dick Tracy - The unstoppable detective in search of Cueball.
  • Dick Wessel as Harry "Cueball" Lake - A murderous diamond thief. Gets his name after his big, round head. He strangles his victims with a braided leather hatband.
  • Anne Jeffreys as Tess Trueheart - Dick Tracy's lovely girlfriend.
  • Lyle Latell as Pat Patton - Tracy's bumbling partner.
  • Esther Howard as Filthy Flora, madam of the Dripping Dagger.
  • Ian Keith as Vitamin Flintheart - An aged thespian and friend of Tracy.
  • Max Wagner as Max - Dripping Dagger bartender.

Cast notes

  • Trevor Bardette, who played the doomed Professor Starling in the first Dick Tracy film makes a quick cameo as Cueball's first victim Lester Abbott.
  • Milton Parsons appears in three of the four Dick Tracy films. In the first, he played the mysterious Mr. Deathridge, in this one, he played Higby, Mr. Priceless's assistant, and in the last film, Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome, he played Dr. A. Tomic. His characters died in two of the pictures.
  • Ian Keith does a perfect impersonation of John Barrymore as Vitamin Flintheart.
  • The underground workshop movie set in this movie was also used in movie "Confessions of Boston Blackie". Ironically enough, the hero in the Boston Blackie movie series is a former jewelry thief turned private detective.

Category:1946 films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:Films directed by Gordon Douglas
Category:Film noir
Category:Dick Tracy films
Category:Films about organized crime in the United States
Category:RKO Pictures films

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