Villains Wiki

Hi. This is Thesecret1070. I am an admin of this site. Edit as much as you wish, but one little thing... If you are going to edit a lot, then make yourself a user and login. Other than that, enjoy Villains Wiki!!!

READ MORE

Villains Wiki
Advertisement
Villains Wiki

Mumbles headshot.jpg

Mumbles is a villain in the Dick Tracy comic strip, the movie, the 1960s cartoon, and the Archie's TV Funnies Dick Tracy segments. In the film, he is portrayed by Dustin Hoffman, who also portrayed Captain Hook in Hook and Ratso Rizzo in Midnight Cowboy.

Biography

In the comic strip, Mumbles is one of Dick Tracy's most recurring villains. He originally appears as a thief that is a member of the Mumbles Quartet band but ends up apparently drowning at sea. It is later shown that he was rescued by George Ozone and worked in his employ. Mumbles conspires with Ozone's ex-wife to murder him and dig up the buried treasure that's map is tattooed on his son's feet. Mumbles is shown drowning again and his body is recovered by the police.

Mumble's "clone" is shown to Tracy by Dr. Zy Ghote. It was revealed that he had survived his apparent drowning in 1955 by using yoga breathing techniques that he had learned from Ozone to slow his heart rate and respiration, creating the appearance of death. Mumbles had later bribed the coroner to falsify the death certificate and made his escape, and he was hired by Ghote to pose as his clone. Mumbles was arrested for attempted murder.

Mumbles briefly attempted to extort the makers of The Dick Tracy Story feature film, on which he was working as a consultant. His scheme was uncovered and he returned to prison. Years later, Mumbles was shown working for the new Mister Crime's gang along with B-B Eyes. After Mr. Crime's gang was dismantled, Mumbles joined The Black Hearts, a new criminal organization.

In the 1960s cartoon, Mumbles was often showed working with Stooge Viller, and had a voice that was electronically distorted to be completely incomprehensible and needs Stooge to translate for him.

In the Archie's TV Funnies Dick Tracy segments, his speech was depicted as incomprehensible grumbling, which only one other character (Professor Transo) could understand.

In the movie, Mumbles was a lieutenant of Al "Big Boy" Caprice, having previously worked for Lips Manlis. He was presented as part of a trio of Big Boy's most trusted henchmen, along with Itchy and Flattop.

Tracy held Mumbles for interrogation during his investigation of Lips Manlis' death. Tracy believed Mumbles to be the weakest of the three and therefore most likely to give up information. Mumbles, who was sweating under hot lights, was taunted by Tracy with water held just out of reach. Mumbles finally gave a statement, but it was so high-pitched and garbled as to be incomprehensible.

Later, Tracy revealed to Mumbles that the water cooler had a tape recorder hidden inside it. He played the tape back as a slower speed, which made Mumbles' statement (which incriminated Big Boy) clearer and easier to understand. Fearing reprisal from Big Boy, Mumbles co-operated with Tracy and, speaking slowly and clearly, told the detective what he wanted to know.

Gallery

Navigation

           Buena Vista International Logo.pngVillains

Touchstone Pictures
Bleak | Graydon | Judge Doom | Toon Patrol (Smartass, Greasy, Psycho, Wheezy & Stupid) | Gale Nolan | Thomas Perry | Richard Cameron | Howard Hyde | Walter Boyett | Zack Gregory | Philip Stuckey | Eric Stoller | Big Boy | Lips Manlis | Breathless Mahoney | Flattop Jones | Itchy | Mumbles | Stooge Viller | Dr. Leo Marvin | Hugo Snyder | Nigel Brown | Rushmore | Fester Brown | Marcus | Hammer | Head Bully | Darren | Oogie Boogie | Lock, Shock and Barrel | James "Jimmy" Shaker | Maris Conner | Malik | Cyrus Grissom | Nathan "Diamond Dogs" Jones | Francisco Cindino | William "Billy Bedlam" Bedford | Garland Greene | John "Johnny 23" Baca | Swamp Thing | Joe "Pinball" Parker | Ramon "Sally Can't Dance" Martinez | Conrad | Gator | Viking | Castor Troy | Pollux Troy | Egor Korshunov | Andrei Kolchak | Vladimir Krasin | Agent Gibbs | Boris Bazylev | Sergei Lenski | Igor Nevsky | General Ivan Radek | Arachnids | Coach Red Beaulieu | Thomas Reynolds | Raymond Calitri | Elijah Price | Orange Man | Lo Fong | Nathan Van Cleef | John Majors | Daisy | Adina | Roberta | Spence | Jimmy | Fernand Mondego | Dragons (Bull Dragon) | Green Alien | Dale Massie | Widow | Bill Cutting | Nelson Rathbone | Wu Chow | Zaphod Beeblebrox | Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz | Vogons | Humma Kavula | Gag Halfrunt | Frankie and Benjy | Gene Carson | Stephanie | Carroll Oerstadt | Zero Wolf | Middle Eye | Lionel Canter | Julian Assange | Dino Brewster | Tybalt | Fawn | Terrafirminator | Hilly Holbrook | Jerry Dandridge | Evil Ed | Roland | Bog King | Kevin Wendell Crumb | John Cooke | Dr. Ellie Staple

Hollywood Pictures
Spiders (General Spider & Queen Spider) | Mrs. Mott | Dr. Victor Mott | President Koopa | Lena | Goombas | David Greenhill | Ben Pinkwater | Kerr | Captain Frye | Captain Darrow | General Hummel | Miss Cheevus | Grocer | Vincent Grey | Mrs. Collins | Blood Countess

Miramax Films
Cropsy | Izabella Scorpio | Conrad Cuppman | Joe Cabot | Mr. Blonde | Eddie Cabot | Mr. White | Mr. Pink | Mr. Blue | Mr. Brown | King Mighty One-Eye | One-Eyes (Zigzag & Phido) | Marsellus Wallace | Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield | Zed | Maynard | Pumpkin | Yolanda | Mark Renton | Francis Begbie | Sick Boy | Roxie Hart | Billy Flynn | Velma Kelly | Fred Casely | Cook County Jail inmates | Bill Cutting | Boss Tweed | Deadly Viper Assassination Squad | Bill | Elle Driver | Budd | Vernita Green | O-Ren Ishii | Sofie Fatale | Crazy 88 | Johnny Mo | Gogo Yubari | Buck | Esteban Vihaio | Matsumoto | Sir Edgar | Heston

Dimension Films
Top Dollar | T-Bird | Funboy | Tintin | Grange | Myca | Judah Earl | Curve | Kali | Luc Crash | Lola Byrne | Horsemen of the Apocalypse | Santánico Pandemónium | Richard "Richie" Gecko | Seth Gecko | Ghostface | Billy Loomis | Stu Macher | Marybeth Louise Hutchinson | Aliens | Debbie Loomis | Mickey Altieri | Fegan Floop | Alexander Minion | Mr. Lisp | Ms. Gradenko | Robot Children | Donnagon Giggles | Roman Bridger | John Milton Gary Giggles | Gerti Giggles | Felix Gumm | Vice-Counsel DuPont | Andrew Brandt | Demetra | Willie Stokes | Marcus Skidmore | Ethan Roark Jr. | Ethan Roark | Patrick Henry Roark | Toymaker | Mr. Electric | Minus | The Timekeeper | Tick Tock | Stuntman Mike | Jill Roberts | Charlie Walker | Chloe | The Entity | Ava Lord

Advertisement