Lady in Cement
|Lady in Cement|
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|Directed by||Gordon Douglas|
|Produced by||Aaron Rosenberg|
|Written by||Marvin H. Albert
|Music by||Hugo Montenegro|
|Cinematography||Joseph F. Biroc|
|Edited by||Robert L. Simpson|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Running time||93 minutes|
While diving off the Miami coast seeking one of the eleven fabled Spanish Galleons sunk in 1591, private investigator Tony Rome discovers a dead blonde, her feet encased in cement, at the bottom of the ocean.
Rome reports this to Lieutenant Dave Santini and thinks little more of the incident until man-mountain Waldo Gronski hires him to find a missing woman, Sandra Lomax. Gronski has little in the way of affluence, so allows Rome to pawn his watch to retain his services.
After investigating the local hot-spots and picking up on a few names, Rome soon comes across Kit Forrester, whose party Sandra Lomax was supposed to have attended. Rome’s talking to Forrester raises the ire of racketeer Al Mungar, a supposedly reformed gangster who looks after Kit’s interests.
Rome, thinking there may be a connection between Lomax, Forrester and Mungar, starts probing into their backgrounds and begins a romantic relationship with Kit. With both cops and crooks chasing him and the omnipresent Gronski breathing down his neck, Rome finds himself deep in a case that provides few answers.
- Frank Sinatra as Tony Rome
- Raquel Welch as Kit Forrester
- Dan Blocker as Waldo Gronski
- Richard Conte as Lt. Dave Santini
- Martin Gabel as Al Mungar
- Richard Deacon as Arnie Sherwin
- Lainie Kazan as Maria Baretto
Opening to mixed reviews, Lady in Cement is generally considered to be a middling sequel to Tony Rome. Critic Roger Ebert gave faint praise in a generally scathing review by commenting: “In the movie's few good scenes, Sinatra once again painfully reminds us what a controlled, effective actor he is.” Variety noted that “Dan Blocker is excellent as a sympathetic heavy,” whilst John Maloney liked the “fresher script” and “sharp direction.”
In Lady in Cement, director Gordon Douglas, and star Frank Sinatra dropped a few inside references, including an instrumental of the Sinatra song "You Make Me Feel So Young" during one scene. A clip of the TV series Bonanza was used in one scene, on which co-star Dan Blocker played Hoss Cartwright. There is also a reference to Sinatra's ex-wife Ava Gardner during a scene in which Rome comments on knowing a girl who used to date bullfighters. . Rome rides in a taxi which bears an advertisement for Dean Martin's Restaurant & Lounge on its rear fender.
- Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p255
- Lady in Cement at the Internet Movie Database
- Roger Ebert’s Review
- Variety’s Review
- Review of the DVD Release by DVD Times