Dick Tracy in B Flat is a radio broadcast produced by Command Performance, a weekly radio show for the Armed Forces Radio Service. The AFRS produced records and broadcasts during World War II for troops overseas and Command Performance is commonly considered the best of their many shows. Dick Tracy in B Flat was an hour long broadcast performed February 15, 1945, showcasing an amazing collection of Hollywood star talent including Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra. Dubbed the first “cartoon operetta”, Dick Tracy in B Flat was a vaudeville style show with song and comedy as Dick Tracy and Tess Trueheart’s wedding is frequently interrupted as Tracy chases one villain after another. Director Pat Weaver would later call the result “the greatest radio show in history”. Strangely, except for the live audience in Los Angeles, no American state side heard the star studded broadcast as the show was only sent to soldiers overseas.
The All-Star Cast included :
- Bing Crosby as the virtous and unflappable Dick Tracy
- Dinah Shore as honey tongued Tess Trueheart
- Bob Hope as the slippery hoodlum Flattop
- Frank Sinatra as the murderous Shaky
- Judy Garland as the innocent Snowflake Falls
- Jimmy Durante as the gravel voiced Mole
- The Andrews Sisters as the sexy Summer Sisters
- Jerry Colonna as Tracy’s oft confused Police Chief
- Frank Morgan (i.e. the Great Oz) as drunk thespian Vitamin Flintheart
- Cass Daley as gravel voiced Gravel Gertie
- and Harry Von Zell as the Narrator
- Directed by Pat Weaver
- Conducted by Meredith Willson.