Such discussions either consist of rhapsodies about how much he looked the part, or grumbles about how lucky he was, considering his alleged lack of talent, to resemble the famous character. Byrd deserves more attention than this. His performances, whatever the role, featured more emotional range than those of other cliffhanger leads; he added intense energy to standard serial-hero determination, and brought genuine warmth to even the most perfunctory dialogue. Most unique of all, he registered full-fledged alarm in scenes where his character was faced with apparent destruction, while other heroes merely looked a little concerned. Byrd did make an excellent Dick Tracy, but he would still have been a top serial hero had the comic-strip detective never made it to the screen. Ralph Mounce Byrd was born in Dayton, Ohio.
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June 15, June 18, Comment As a live-action cartoon, "Dick Tracy" is clearly reaching for "Batman" heights, and there are aspects of this movie that resemble that film.
Out of the many, many movies to be adapted from comic strips and comic books, DICK TRACY stands out for going to surreal extremes to reproduce the two-dimensional print feel of a vintage Sunday-newspaper color supplement the sort in which Chester Gould's popular Dick Tracy first appeared in somehow sprung to life. In a nameless big city, crusading police detective Dick Tracy Warren Beatty, who also directed , fights a running battle with ambitious gangster boss Big Boy Caprice Al Pacino , who wants to consolidate all the city's rackets under his leadership. Tracy is also slightly distracted from his duties by the tempting Breathless Mahoney Madonna , an enticing showgirl headlining in a club taken over by Big Boy. Continue reading Show less Is it any good?