Crutch (left), with Big Boy

First Appearance:

October 14th, 1931

Known Relatives:

Pauly, Son (deceased)

Known Associates:

Big Boy (deceased)
Ribs Mocco

Appearance of Death:

November 26th, 1931

Created By:

Chester Gould

Can Be Found:

The Celebrated Cases of Dick Tracy
Dick Tracy The Thirties: Tommy Guns and Hard Times
The Complete Dick Tracy Vol. 1

The man known as "Crutch" was a member of Big Boy's gang in Dick Tracy's city. He typically wore a cloth cap and a grey, horizontal-striped suit.

Character BiographyEdit

Crutch was one of the criminals that robbed Emil Trueheart's home on the night that Dick Tracy proposed to Tess. Crutch shot and killed Emil during the robbery.

Crutch remained at large for some time. He later tried to ambush Tracy, but was killed in the process (November 26, 1931).

Years later, Crutch's son Pauly was recruited by the criminal Polar Vortex in an unsuccessful attempt to kill Dick Tracy.


  • Crutch was the first criminal shown to be killed by Dick Tracy, although since it was in a shootout with Tracy and two other police officers, it might not have been Tracy who fired the kill shot. He was not however the very first of Big Boy's gang to be killed off; when Tracy substituted himself for Ribs Mocco in the bungled Express Office Robbery, Big Boy sent a carload of his gangster thugs after Tracy and Tess Trueheart; Tracy managed to elude the gang due to his excellent driving skills and a convient alley; however the gangsters car went too fast through a closed railroad crossing and was hit and destroyed by a passing locomotive engine. See The Celebrated Cases of Dick Tracy)
  • In the prose short story "Murder is My Hobby" by Sgt. Jim Doherty (which was available to read on the PLAINCLOTHES website), Crutch's real name was given as Philip Reggirt ("trigger" spelt backwards). However, this has not been established as official canon.