original one-sheet poster
|Directed by||Gordon Douglas|
|Produced by||Aaron Rosenberg|
|Written by||Marvin H. Albert (novel)
Richard L. Breen
Jill St. John
|Music by||Lee Hazlewood (title song)
|Cinematography||Joseph F. Biroc|
|Edited by||Robert L. Simpson|
|Distributed by||Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation|
|Box office||$4,000,000 (US/ Canada)|
Tony Rome is a 1967 American detective film starring Frank Sinatra and directed by Gordon Douglas, adapted from Marvin H. Albert's novel Miami Mayhem. It also stars Jill St. John, Sue Lyon and Gena Rowlands.
The story follows the adventures of Miami private investigator Tony Rome (Sinatra) in his quest to locate a missing diamond pin that belongs to a wealthy heiress.
A sequel, Lady In Cement, was made in 1968, again featuring Sinatra as Tony Rome, and co-starring Raquel Welch and Dan Blocker. Appearing in both films was Richard Conte as Miami police lieutenant Dave Santini.
Both films are examples of a late-1960s neo-noir trend which revived and updated the hard-boiled detective and police dramas of the 1940s.
Tony Rome, The Detective, and Lady in Cement were all directed by Gordon Douglas.
Tony Rome is an ex-cop turned private investigator who lives on a powerboat in Miami called the Straight Pass. This a reference to the fact that Tony also has a gambling problem.
He is asked by his former partner, Ralph Turpin (Robert J. Wilke), to take home a young woman who had been left unconscious in a hotel room.
The woman, Diana (née Kosterman) Pines (Sue Lyon), is the daughter of rich construction magnate Rudolph Kosterman (Simon Oakland), who subsequently hires Rome to find out why his daughter is acting so irrationally.
After regaining consciousness, Diana discovers a diamond pin, which she had been wearing the night before, has gone missing.
Diana and her stepmother Rita (Gena Rowlands) also hire Rome, in this instance, to find the lost pin.
Rome is chloroformed and beaten by a pair of thugs, and Turpin is found murdered in Rome's office. Lt. Dave Santini (Richard Conte) of the Miami police investigates the crime scene and demands information from Rome, who's an old friend.
Preferring to work on his own, Rome gets help from a seductive divorcee, Ann Archer (Jill St. John).
An attempt is made on Kosterman's wife, and a jeweler is found murdered.
Rome discovers that Diana has been selling her stepmother's jewels and giving the money to Lorna, her real mother.
The trail leads to Rita's ex-husband, Adam Boyd, a doctor, who ordered the killings.
The case solved, Rome invites Ann for a romantic getaway on his boat, but, she has decided to go back to her husband.
- Frank Sinatra as Tony Rome
- Jill St. John as Ann Archer
- Sue Lyon as Diana Pines
- Gena Rowlands as Rita Klosterman
- Simon Oakland as Rudy Klosterman
- Richard Conte as Lt. Dave Santini
- Robert J. Wilke as Turpin
- Jeffrey Lynn as Boyd
- Lloyd Bochner as Rood
- Jeanne Cooper as Lorna
- Shecky Greene as Catleg
- Rocky Graziano as Packy
Nancy Sinatra, daughter of Frank, sang the film's eponymous title track which then appeared on her album, Nancy Sinatra, The Hit Years (Rhino Records).
Tony Rome was met with good reviews upon release, although not quite the best notice Sinatra had in his career.
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