Dick Tracy


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Dick Tracy

Jocular slang for someone investigating something (often something trivial). A reference to the hard-nosed detective in the comic strip of the same name. Hey Dick Tracy, what do you think you're doing, snooping around here?
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Dick Tracy was a hard-hitting, fast-shooting "detective.
Author and artist Matt Kindt pays homage to Tom Swift, Dick Tracy, and other mid-20th-century pop culture icons.
Lisa, 36, due to jive to Madonna's Hanky Panky – from Warren Beatty's 1990 film Dick Tracy – has been inundated with support for proving a larger lady can dance as well as anyone else.
ROK Classic Radio has 5 distinct channels comprising British Comedy, American Comedy, Crime and Suspense, Science Fiction and the Classic Gold channel and includes such timeless classics as Steptoe & Son, Round The Horne, Life With The Lyons, Dick Barton, The Shadow, The Whistler, The Green Hornet, Dragnet, The Goon Show, Hancock's Half Hour, Dick Tracy, The Lone Ranger, Flash Gordon, Superman, Sherlock Holmes and many others.
Plus, if you sold about a million packs, there were prizes--a wrist watch, an "electric" phonograph player, a Dick Tracy Camera "complete with carrying case.
As for presents, it seems son Romeo has his heart set on a junior detective kit - as he flew from the family's Los Angeles home looking like comic strip cop Dick Tracy, played by Warren Beatty in the 1990 movie.
Most of us are at least acquainted with The Saint, Dick Tracy, Ellery Queen, and--of course--Sherlock Holmes.
For all of the great SF created in the pre-personal computer/laptop/pda/cell phone days, the only well-known character to ever use a personal technology device was Dick Tracy.
Hoover would soon expand FBI operations to battle Axis agents in Latin America, and Gould would introduce Dick Tracy to a dark new reality: World War II.
True or false: Dick Tracy the comic strip started life as "Plainclothes Tracy"?
Tribune Media Services, a Tribune subsidiary, has been feuding with Beatty for years over the TV and movie rights to comic book character Dick Tracy.
Perhaps we'll finally be able to buy that Dick Tracy video-conferencing wristwatch while someone's still young enough to know who Dick Tracy is.
Justin Wilson, senior research analyst at the CCF, commented: "Food commercials have been around since Dick Tracy sold kids on Ovaltine.
POSTMAN Pat and Rupert Bear are set to join forces with He-Man, Lassie, Dick Tracy and other well-known US children's characters after a takeover.
really it's a rogues gallery straight out of Dick Tracy.