Film: 10843

Feature Drama | 1940 | Sound | B/W


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A gang of criminals, which includes a piano player called Melody, and an imposing former convict known as 'Gruesome', (Boris Karloff) has found out about a scientist's secret formula for a gas that temporarily paralyzes anyone who breathes it. When Gruesome (Boris Karloff) accidentally inhales some of the gas and passes out, the police think he is dead and take him to the morgue, where he later revives and escapes under the nose of the police and Tracy himself. This puzzling incident attracts the interest of Dick Tracy.
Tracy's office. Dr A. Tomic reports someone lurking outside his house. He fears for his life as he is a prominent scientist working on a top secret formula.
Gruesome, escaped from the morgue goes to the secret hide out, the cottage by the lake. There he threatens X-Ray and Melody, the two other villains in the piece.
The National Bank. 3pm. Tess Truehart enters bank. She stands next to a waste paper basket, it starts to smoke. She withdraws some money and goes to the phone booth in the bank and looks for change in her purse. The fumes from the waste paper basket paralyze everyone in the bank instantaneously, accept for Tess in the phone booth. Gruesome and Melody come into the bank and rob it. X Ray waits outside in the getaway car. Tess pretends to be paralyzed too, but when she gets a chance she telephones her boyfriend Dick Tracy. Tracy calls out the cars. Police cars race through the city to the bank. X-Ray beeps the horn of the getaway car and the villains escape, shooting a guard. Tracy at the bank. Everyone 'unfreezes' and Tracy finds out what happened. Tracy goes to see Dr A Tomic to see if he knows what the paralyzing gas was. The Dr's assistant Dr I.M. Learned says that Tomic is missing. Tracy wants to take a bottle of Tomic's formula. Learned breaks it on purpose. Tracy thinks it is water but takes a sample for testing. As soon as Tracy leaves Learned calls her boyfriend, the evil Dr Lee Thal.
Gruesome and Melody meet with Dr Lee Thal who tries to pay them a small some for doing the bank robbery. Gruesome wants half the cut. Tracy walks in. Melody turns out the lights and they all make a run for it. Car chase. Gruesome and Melody's car crash into a taxidermist shop (of course). Pat Patton, plain clothes policeman goes in after them. He walks into a gorilla and thinks it is Gruesome. Gun fight. Gruesome gets away. Melody is shot.
End of part one.
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