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2nd Apr '17 2:54:11 PM Ccook1956
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* [WesternAnimation/TheDickTracyShow Dick Tracy]] gets a phone call from Stooge Viller saying that he and Mumbles have kidnapped the Retouchables (Hemlock Holmes' crew of police officers) for ransom. Tracy patches the call to Hemlock via their two-way wrist radios and somehow Hemlock is able to trace where the call came from.

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* [WesternAnimation/TheDickTracyShow [[WesternAnimation/TheDickTracyShow Dick Tracy]] gets a phone call from Stooge Viller saying that he and Mumbles have kidnapped the Retouchables (Hemlock Holmes' crew of police officers) for ransom. Tracy patches the call to Hemlock via their two-way wrist radios and somehow Hemlock is able to trace where the call came from.
2nd Apr '17 2:53:08 PM Ccook1956
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* WesternAnimation/DickTracy gets a phone call from Stooge Viller saying that he and Mumbles have kidnapped the Retouchables (Hemlock Holmes' crew of police officers) for ransom. Tracy patches the call to Hemlock via their two-way wrist radios and somehow Hemlock is able to trace where the call came from.

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* WesternAnimation/DickTracy [WesternAnimation/TheDickTracyShow Dick Tracy]] gets a phone call from Stooge Viller saying that he and Mumbles have kidnapped the Retouchables (Hemlock Holmes' crew of police officers) for ransom. Tracy patches the call to Hemlock via their two-way wrist radios and somehow Hemlock is able to trace where the call came from.
2nd Apr '17 2:49:52 PM Ccook1956
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* WesternAnimation/DickTracy gets a phone call from Stooge Viller saying that he and Mumbles have kidnapped the Retouchables (Hemlock Holmes' crew of police officers) for ransom. Tracy patches the call to Hemlock via their two-way wrist radios and somehow Hemlock is able to trace where the call came from.
2nd Apr '17 11:34:10 AM nombretomado
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* ''ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'' episode "The Boardwalk Booby Trap" has Penelope trapped in a phone booth headed for a fish cannery, so she calls the Ant Hill Mob (Pockets answers with a phone in his jacket) which leads to the "You don't say!/She didn't say" gag. Clyde tells Zippy to trace the call to see where Penelope is. Zippy does so by entering the phone itself and traversing the phone line to Penelope's booth.

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* ''ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'' ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'' episode "The Boardwalk Booby Trap" has Penelope trapped in a phone booth headed for a fish cannery, so she calls the Ant Hill Mob (Pockets answers with a phone in his jacket) which leads to the "You don't say!/She didn't say" gag. Clyde tells Zippy to trace the call to see where Penelope is. Zippy does so by entering the phone itself and traversing the phone line to Penelope's booth.
2nd Mar '17 9:41:59 PM Iknewwhothekillerwas
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* ''Series/MacGyver'' - The villain in the 1990 episode "Lessons in Evil" manages to beat a trace at one point.
5th Feb '17 8:32:45 PM JMQwilleran
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* An example of how television could be killing us - if calling 911 from a cell phone, don't count on them simply being able to do a quick trace and find out where you are. In fact, as of February 2015, a ''USA Today'' [[http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/02/22/cellphone-911-lack-location-data/23570499/ report]] indicated that your odds were about 50/50 at best.
19th Jan '17 1:07:06 PM FordPrefect
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* Happens all the time in ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', but it was a plot point of an entire episode. In "911", the squad gets a call from a 9 year old girl who says she's locked in a room, she's been abused, and does not know where she is. Olivia stays on the line with her and works with the squad to try and narrow down the area to where the girl might be being held. The number itself is untraceable, but a tech expert in cell phone mapping eventually is able to narrow down the cell phone tower the girl is using.

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* Happens all the time in ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', but it was a plot point of an entire episode. In "911", the squad gets a call from a 9 year old girl who says she's locked in a room, she's been abused, and does not know where she is. Olivia stays on the line with her and works with the squad to try and narrow down the area to where the girl might be being held. The number itself is untraceable, but a tech expert in cell phone mapping is eventually is able to narrow down the cell phone tower the girl is using.
19th Jan '17 1:06:32 PM FordPrefect
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* ''Film/WarGames''. After David accidentally hacks into NORAD and takes over its main computer system, he hangs up before they can trace the connection and determine his location. When the {{AI}} computer calls David back the FBI manages to trace the calls and find him.

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* ''Film/WarGames''. After David accidentally hacks into NORAD and takes over its main computer system, he hangs up before they can trace the connection and determine his location. When the {{AI}} computer calls David back back, the FBI manages to trace the calls and find him.
19th Jan '17 1:05:42 PM FordPrefect
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* Used in ''Film/{{Goldeneye}}'' to figure out where [[spoiler: Trevalyen's]] base is located.

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* Used in ''Film/{{Goldeneye}}'' to figure out where [[spoiler: Trevalyen's]] Trevelyan's]] base is located.
19th Jan '17 1:04:41 PM FordPrefect
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In order to justify this trope in a modern day setting, the call is often bounced through a bunch of alternate locations, and the back-tracing of the call to it's actual source will take time.

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In order to justify this trope in a modern day setting, the call is often bounced through a bunch of alternate locations, and the back-tracing of the call to it's its actual source will take time.
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