Dick Tracy vs. Cueball

Dick Tracy vs. Cueball is a 1946 American film based on the 1930s comic strip character of the same name created by Chester Gould.[2] The film stars Morgan Conway as Dick Tracy in the second installment of the Dick Tracy film series released by RKO Radio Pictures.

Dick Tracy vs. Cueball
Theatrical poster
Directed byGordon M. Douglas
James Anderson (assistant)
Produced byHerman Schlom
Screenplay byDane Lussier
Robert E. Kent
Story byLuci Ward
Based oncharacters in Dick Tracy
by Chester Gould
StarringMorgan Conway
Dick Wessel
Esther Howard
Music byPhil Ohman
CinematographyGeorge E. Diskant
Edited byPhilip Martin
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • November 22, 1946 (1946-11-22) (New York City)[1]
  • December 18, 1946 (1946-12-18) (U.S.)[1]
Running time
62 minutes
CountryUnited States


Diamonds are stolen but before the thief can safely hide them aboard an ocean liner he is strangled by ex-conman Cueball. Cueball takes the diamonds and is given refuge 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 girlfriend Tess to act as a buyer for the diamonds but is put in grave danger when Cueball vows to eliminate her.


  • 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.
  • Rita Corday as Mona Clyde - Accomplice in diamond heist.
  • 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.


Dick Tracy vs. Cueball was listed in the 1978 book The Fifty Worst Films of All Time.[3] Variety called the film, "Hot action celluloid that's bang-up and bang-bang from start to finish."[2]


  1. "Dick Tracy vs. Cueball: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
  2. Variety Staff (December 31, 1945). "Review: 'Dick Tracy vs Cueball'". Variety.
  3. Medved, Harry (1978). The 50 Worst Films of All Time. New York: Warner Books. p. 71. ISBN 0446312576.

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