DICK TRACY VERSUS CUEBALL
Film Noir was a very popular style back in the day that produced some of the most entertaining films ever released. Nowadays you get the Neo-Noir films but during the hey days of Noir films like this were released. How can any one who is a film lover not know about the Classic Dick Tracy films from R.K.O. Pictures, let alone the comic strip. This film came out right in the middle of the golden years of Noir, 1946. Depending on your taste you may not like this but I thought it was one of the most entertaining films to come out of the this period.
A man named Cueball who was just released from prison is hired to steal some diamonds from a man on board a ship. Once there he kills the man and makes his way to those who hired him to do so. But it turns out he is a very non trusting individual as he thinks everyone is out to use him. So he hides along with the diamonds until he thinks he is getting paid what he deserves. But there is a very famous detective out to figure out this murder and is not far behind him and his co conspirators from the start.
This the second Dick Tracy film from R.K.O. has a lot to offer in form of entertainment, it has all the classic styling of a fun B Noir movie. From the classic detective drama story to the hamming it up acting to the down right great style this has it all. Directed by Gordon M. Douglas this fun little flick is just over an hour so the pace moves along at a wonderful pace yet never seems rushed. The style of the black & white film is great along with the performances, including Morgan Conway as Dick Tracy. I have heard people say that his acting here was wooden but I think that made him more fun to be honest, watch and see for your self. Dick Wessel was perfect as Cueball here and seemed goofy at times but wonderfully evil at others. Anne Jeffreys as Tess Trueheart was good as was Lyle Latell as Tracy’s partner Pat Patton. Still I think it was Ian Keith as Vitamin Flintheart that stole the show here as the owner of a bar Cueball hides out at. You can tell she had a great time hamming it up here.
When you think of Film Noir it is hard to not include this classic character, whether you liked the films or not Tracy is legend. I thought this was a fun B film that came out during the height of the Noir days. I have more that I will be reviewing and putting out there, in fact I should have started with the first R.K.O. Dick Tracy film and did them in order. Oh Well.
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