Daffy Duck starred in this 1946 cartoon short, one of Robert Clampett’s last as a Warner director, his final Daffy Duck film.
Excited about Dick Tracy comic books, Daffy opens the short waiting by the mailbox for one to be delivered. Reading this comic book immediately after delivery sent Daffy into and act, pretending he was Dick Tracy. He became so animated, he knocked himself out. And the dream began. Now he was his favorite sleuth.
Answering the phone in his detective office, Daffy rejected numerous requests to investigate piggy bank robberies as beneath him, small stuff. That changed when he discovered his piggy bank was missing. In order to solve the case, he decided, in his dream, to call “Dick Twacy.” He then realized he was “Dick Twacy.”
Using a magnifying glass, Daffy began his investigation, ousting Sherlock Holmes who was poking around on his own. In a stroke of genius, “Dick Twacy” took a bus, destination: Gangster Hideout.
Arriving at the secret house, our super sleuth fell through a trap door and inside where the danger lay. He was first faced with a huge rat coming out of a small hole. Backtracking, and trying to escape, our hero ran into a large assortment of anti-heroes including Hammerhead, Pickle Puss, Pumpkinhead, and many others.
Thinking quickly, Daffy placed them all under arrest, a ploy that did not work. He was chased until Rubberhead “rubbed him out,” erased him off the wall into which he had backed. That didn’t end it though; it was a dream after all. The bad guys chased “Dick Twacy” until he blasted them with a machine gun through a closet door. They fell out, mortally wounded, one by one.
Only Neon Noodle (a Frankenstein spoof) remained and Daffy dispatched him by turning him into an “Eat at Joe’s” sign. He subsequently found all the piggy banks but, unfortunately, it was a dream. Upon awakening, he was back on the farm, kissing a pig.