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Lady in Cement


Picture: B     Sound: B-     Extras: C+     Film: B+



Director Gordon Douglas made two Tony Rome pictures starring Frank Sinatra, with Lady in Cement arriving in 1968 following the first film simply titled Tony Rome.  Rome is one of those ‘got to get to the bottom of this’ detectives dead-set on solving the case and while Lady in Cement is fairly cliché and has more intentions on putting hot chicks on screen than anything else for Sinatra to parade around, there are still some other minor redeeming qualities.  I liked his role here as much as in From Here to Eternity and The Manchurian Candidate, and that’s a good compliment considering this film nowhere compares to those two classics. 


Consider also that during this Swingin’ 60’s time that the James Bond movies were using babes left and right and Lady in Cement would capitalize on Raquel Welch, Virginia Wood, and Lainie Kazan for its power.  The film starts out pretty interesting as Rome is out diving and discovers, you guessed it, a woman at the bottom of the ocean with cement shoes on.  So that puts the film into motion as he is out to find out just how she got there and what a beautiful woman like herself would be the subject of such waste.  He is then sent on a wild spree through the film and ends up on the trail of the killer.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 scope image looks better than expected and you can also check out the review for Tony Rome and The Detective on this site as well for their comments.  With some softness here and there being the only real problem there is little question that this film has been well preserved.  Colors look really good and even viewed on a High Definition system it still is impressive. 


The film has both Dolby 2.0 Mono and Stereo sound mixes to choose from with the stereo mix being more on the money than the mono.  Even the sound has a nice dimension and depth to it and the right money must have been spent at the time to get a nice recording and good preservation to keep the film in good condition and keep the original magnetic tracks clean.  The extras are all trailers including a few for this film and a ton for other Raquel Welch films all of which are also Fox titles, two of which are also on this site (Myra Breckinridge and Mother, Jugs & Speed).



-   Nate Goss


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