Feature Film Showcase – Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947)

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Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome a.k.a Dick Tracy’s Amazing Adventure, 1947.

Directed by John Rawlins.
Starring Ralph Byrd, Anne Gwynne, Boris Karloff, Skelton Knaggs, Edward Ashley, June Clayworth, Lyle Latell, Tony Barrett, Jim Nolan, Joseph Crehan and Milton Parsons.

Ralph Byrd returns as Chester Gould’s popular comic-book lawman in the fourth and final installment of RKO’s Dick Tracy quadrilogy. Joining him as the villain of the piece is horror icon Boris Karloff, who stars as the corpse-like gangster Gruesome, leader of a criminal gang in possession of a nerve gas that freezes its victims and makes them appear dead. Lyle Latell returns as Tracy’s assistant Pat Patton, becoming the only actor to appear in all four movies, while Joseph Crehan reprises the role of Chief Brandon and scream queen Anne Gwynne joins the cast as Tracy’s love-interest Tess Trueheart.

Following the release of Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome, the character would next appear in animated form in 1961 with The Dick Tracy Show, a series of 5-minute cartoons that ran for a single season and produced 130 episodes. Meanwhile it would be an even longer wait before the detective returned to the big-screen, with Warren Beatty producing, directing and starring in 1990’s Dick Tracy.


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