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Dick Tracy - Dick Tracy and Flattop

episode 1.15

USA 1950
produced by
Herbert Moulton for Snader Telescriptions/ABC
directed by B. Reeves Eason
starring Ralph Byrd, Joe Devlin, John Cliff, George Pembroke, Dick Elliott, Angela Greene, Pedro Regas, Pierre Watkin, Frank Stanlow, Richard Reeves, Danny Welton
based on the comic strip by Chester Gould

TV-series
Dick Tracy, Dick Tracy (Ralph Byrd), Dick Tracy (1950's TV-series)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Syndicate boss Namgib (George Pembroke) hires Flattop (John Cliff) to kidnap and murder top cop Dick Tracy (Ralph Byrd). But once Flattop and his accomplice Mote (Pedro Regas) gotten hold of Tracy (all too easily, actually), Flattop gets greedy, and instead of the promised $10,000 he now demands $50,000, and shouldn't Namgib pay up, he will not only let Tracy go but also give him the lowdown on the syndicate to bust Namgib for good. Eventually they agree on killing Tracy upon the handover of the money, but then and there, Tracy succeeds in playing Namgib and Flattop against each other, and in the end they kill each other, just before Tracy's trusted sidekick Sam Catchem (Joe Devlin), who has spent the entire episode trying to track down his boss, arrives at the scene

 

While being no match to Ralph Byrd's Dick Tracy serials and movies in terms of budget and spectacle, this is still a rather lively episode of his later TV-series, fuelled largely by a good cast that seems to come right of a comicbook and of course a fine performance by Byrd, who over the years has grown more and more into his signature role.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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