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Dick Tracy, Detective

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A knife-wielding psychopath is attacking innocent people, seemingly at random, and it's up to the world's best comic book detective to stop him in RKO's "Dick Tracy, Detective" (1945). As Tess Trueheart waits around for her sweetheart to stop working long enough for dinner, Dick and Pat Patton follow the clues to discover a villain named Splitface is trying to make a killing in the extortion racket.

In a time when superheroes abound, it's nice to return to one of the original comic book heroes whose superpowers are all-natural (though aided, on occasion, by technological innovation). Actor Morgan Conway portrays Tracy with a combination of formidable intelligence and polished, tough-guy cool that epitomizes the ideal American man of the mid-Twentieth Century. As with other titles in the series, the villains contrast starkly with the handsome, affable Tracy. Surly, physically deformed and one-dimensional villains like Splitface are everything the hero is not: a true shadow of a brilliant and heroic figure.

The Science

Julie Buck

Dr. Julie A. Buck Julie Buck, professor of Criminal Justice at Weber State College, discusses issues of eyewitness memory and Dick Tracy’s problematic investigative methods in the film “Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome.”

Brent Horn

Brent HornWeber State University professors Brent Horn (above) and Russ Dean (not shown) discuss the fiction of Dick Tracey vs. the reality crime scene investigations and lab work.


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Related Resources

Weber State Department of Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Careers

American Academy of Forensic Sciences

The International Association for Identification

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