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Lips Manlis 1990
The Bath?! Not the Bath, Big Boy, not the Bath!
~ Lips begging for his life

Lips Manlis is a crime boss and Big Boy Caprice's mentor in the Dick Tracy comic books.

In the 1990 film, he was portrayed by Paul Sorvino, who also portrayed Alphonse Perrier du von Scheck in Hey Arnold! The Movie, Rotti Largo in Repo! The Genetic Opera, and the Serial Assgrabber in The Cleveland Show.

Biography

Film

Lips Manlis appears very briefly in the movie. He is at the Club Ritz eating clams with Breathless Mahoney, who is disgusted by his foul table manners. Then, an associate of Lips comes forward telling him some guests have arrived at the entrance of the building. It turns out to be a ploy, as Flattop Jones and Itchy hold him and Breathless hostage.

They take them to the warehouse, where Big Boy awaits him. Big Boy forces Lips to sign the deed to the Club Ritz over to him, while Big Boy's henchmen give him "the bath", which is a form of execution in which the victim is buried in wet cement, put in a large box, and dumped in the river. Lips begs for his life, but Big Boy just laughs as his minions send Lips to a watery grave.

Comics

In Chester Gould's original comic strip, Lips Manlis is a major crime boss whom Tracy tangles with frequently.

In Max Allan Collins' graphic novels that serve as prequels to the film, Manlis is the most powerful mobster in the city, effectively controlling its organized crime. Big Boy is his much-abused right-hand man, until Manlis suspects (correctly) that Big Boy is trying to usurp his power, and tries to have him killed. Big Boy survives, however, and dedicates himself to overthrowing his onetime mentor, setting the stage for the film.

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