Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome
Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical Poster
Directed by John Rawlins
Produced by Herman Schlom
Written by Characters:
Chester Gould
William Graffis
Robert E. Kent
Screenplay by Robertson White
Eric Taylor
Starring Boris Karloff
Ralph Byrd
Anne Gwynne
Music by Paul Sawtell
Cinematography Frank Redman
Edited by Elmo Williams
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • September 26, 1947 (1947-09-26) (U.S.)
Running time
65 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (also known as Dick Tracy Meets Karloff and Dick Tracy's Amazing Adventure (UK) ) is a 1947 thriller film starring Boris Karloff, Ralph Byrd, and Anne Gwynne. The film is the fourth and final installment of the Dick Tracy film series released by RKO Radio Pictures.[1]


Just out of jail, Gruesome (Boris Karloff) goes to the Hangman's Knot saloon, where his old crime crony, Melody (Tony Barrett), is now playing piano. Gruesome takes him to a plastics manufacturer, where X-Ray (Skelton Knaggs) and a mysterious mastermind are in possession of a secret formula and hatching a sinister plot.

Ignoring a warning not to touch anything, Gruesome sniffs a mysterious test tube that paralyzes him. He appears to be dead and is taken to the city morgue.

Dick Tracy (Ralph Byrd) is at headquarters speaking with college professor Dr. A. Tomic (Milton Parsons), a scientist who suspects someone has been following him. At the morgue, Tracy's sidekick Pat (Lyle Latell) has his back turned when Gruesome wakes up and knocks him out. Pat describes him to Tracy as looking a lot like the actor Boris Karloff (a gag cribbed from Arsenic and Old Lace).

At a bank where Tess Trueheart (Anne Gwynne) happens to be, Gruesome and Melody use nerve gas to incapacitate the customers and the security guard. They rob the place of more than $100,000 and shoot a cop on the sidewalk before Tracy and his men arrive. Gruesome demands half of the loot from X-Ray .... or else.

Tracy tries to learn the secret of the formula from Dr. Tomic's top assistant, Professor Learned (June Clayworth), before going after Gruesome and his gang. It all ends in a shootout, with Gruesome shot by Tracy and then back at headquarters, where Tracy ends up frozen by nerve gas just as he's about to kiss Tess.



  • In 2007, Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome was shown on the horror hosted television series Cinema Insomnia.[2] Apprehensive Films later released the Cinema Insomnia episode onto DVD.[3]
  • On October 16, 2014, writer Mike Curtis and artist Joe Staton introduced a version of the Gruesome character into the Dick Tracy comic strip.[4] They introduced a character inspired by Melody (Mel O. Dee) on October 27th of that year. [5] The cartoonists carry the joke further. Gruesome had had plastic surgery done to change his appearance, by a Dr. Einstein and Gruesome gets drafted to portray Jonathon Brewster in a production of Arsenic and Old Lace.
  • American band Poet Named Revolver, from Nashville, TN, released an album called "Meets Gruesome". Recorded in 2007, first released in 2008, and reissued in 2014 by No Kings Record Cadre, with visual references to the film.[6]


  1. ^ Stephen Jacobs, Boris Karloff: More Than a Monster, Tomohawk Press 2011 p 322-323
  2. ^ "Cinema Insomnia". Cinema Insomnia. Archived from the original on 28 March 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome DVD". Apprehensive Films. Archived from the original on 19 September 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  4. ^ http://www.gocomics.com/dicktracy/2014/10/16
  5. ^ http://www.gocomics.com/dicktracy/2014/10/27
  6. ^ http://nokingsrecord.co/post/81305994716/nk50-poet-named-revolver-meets-gruesome-c30

External links

Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dick_Tracy_Meets_Gruesome&oldid=810396438"
This content was retrieved from Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Tracy_Meets_Gruesome
This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article "Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome"; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA