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Reiner, Baldwin to present Van Dyke with lifetime SAG honor

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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Writer, director and producer Carl Reiner and TV star Alec Baldwin are to present the Life Achievement Award to Dick Van Dyke at the SAG Awards in Los Angeles.

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Dick Tracy heading to Chicago suburb

NAPERVILLE, Ill., April 9 (UPI) -- Dick Tracy will be keeping a watchful eye on Riverwalk in the Chicago suburb of Naperville when the town unveils a 9-foot likeness of the comic book detective.

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Unpopular 'Dick Tracy' museum to close

WOODSTOCK, Ill., Feb. 23 (UPI) -- A museum in Illinois dedicated to the comic strip "Dick Tracy" and its creator will close for lack of interest.

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Beatty gets AFI lifetime achievement nod

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Disney artist Peter Ellenshaw dies

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Peter Ellenshaw, whose special effects work in "Mary Poppins" earned him an Oscar, has died at his Santa Barbara, Calif., home at the age of 93. The British-born Ellenshaw's began his more than 30-year association with Walt Disney Studios in 1947 when he

Film composer Shirley Walker dies at 61

RENO, Nev., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Emmy-winning film orchestrator Shirley Walker has died at a medical facility in Reno, Nev., at age 61 after complications from a stroke.
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Dick Tracy is a long-running comic strip featuring a popular and familiar character in American pop culture, Dick Tracy, a hard-hitting, fast-shooting and intelligent police detective. Created by Chester Gould, the strip made its debut on October 4, 1931, in the Detroit Mirror. It was distributed by the Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate. Gould wrote and drew the strip until 1977.

Chester Gould introduced a raw violence to comic strips, reflecting the violence of 1930s Chicago. Gould did his best to keep up with the latest in crime fighting techniques; while Tracy often ends a case in a shootout, he uses forensic science, advanced gadgetry and wits to track the bad guy down. It has been suggested that this comic strip was the first example of the police procedural mystery story. Others have noted that actual "whodunit" plots were relatively rare in the stories since the comic strip format is not suited for that kind of plot. The real focus, they argue, is the chase, with a criminal seen committing the crime and Dick Tracy solving the case during a relentless pursuit of the criminal, who becomes increasingly desperate as the detective closes in.

The strip's villains are arguably the strongest appeal of the story. Tracy's world is decidedly black and white. where the bad guys are sometimes so evil that their very flesh is deformed to announce their sins to the world. The evil sometimes is raw and coarse, like the criminally insane Selbert Depool ("looped" spelled backwards—typical Gould). At other times, it is suave, like the arrogant Shoulders, who cannot help thinking that all women like him. It can even border on genius, like the Nazi spy Pruneface, a machine design engineer who dabbles with a chemical nerve gas.

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