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Lady in Cement

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Gordon Douglas' Lady in Cement (1968) is the second and slightly better-known of Frank Sinatra's two outings as Miami-based private detective Tony Rome, mostly due to the co-starring presence of Raquel Welch, though it has a lot more to recommend it than that. The movie did show up on laserdisc in the late '80s, but the DVD offers a lot more -- for starters, there's a transfer that is infinitely cleaner, brighter, and sharper than the laser, so that the latter now looks like a VHS tape by comparison. The interior...
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Overview

Gordon Douglas' Lady in Cement (1968) is the second and slightly better-known of Frank Sinatra's two outings as Miami-based private detective Tony Rome, mostly due to the co-starring presence of Raquel Welch, though it has a lot more to recommend it than that. The movie did show up on laserdisc in the late '80s, but the DVD offers a lot more -- for starters, there's a transfer that is infinitely cleaner, brighter, and sharper than the laser, so that the latter now looks like a VHS tape by comparison. The interior shots are all mastered so beautifully on this disc that they're like a massage to the eye, and that's before Raquel Welch appears in the picture. The letterboxed image (2.35:1) is a delight, and the audio is mastered at a decent volume level, with appropriate clarity. The 93-minute movie has been given an incredibly generous 28 chapters, and comes with a nice array of vintage promotional materials -- the original trailer, in English and in Spanish, plus the complete and edited versions of the television promotional spot for the movie, and trailers for a handful of other Welch-starring vehicles. There are optional French- and Spanish-language tracks, and English and Spanish subtitles.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Lady in Cement is not nearly as much fun as it should have been, which is unfortunate. While its predecessor, Tony Rome, was no great shakes as art, it had more life to it. Cement's plot is considerably more involved than that of Rome, and while the puzzle-like aspect of it makes for some good old-fashioned whodunit entertainment, it also seems to squash down a bit of the lightheartedness that the audience expects. Frank Sinatra is also partly to blame, for while he's certainly watchable and knows how to toss away a good line with just the right combination of disinterest and aplomb, too often here he's content to just toss them away. Fortunately, the rest of the cast pulls their own weight and then some -- a significant job in the case of Dan Blocker, whose performance is far and away the finest and most enjoyable in the film. Raquel Welch adds some much needed spice and is at her physical peak here, Lainie Kazan is aces as a delectable go-go girl, and Richard Conte and Martin Gabel add some nice touches to their characters. Cement never takes off the way that the viewer wants, but there's enough to it to make it worth catching.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/24/2005
  • UPC: 024543162605
  • Original Release: 1968
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frank Sinatra Tony Rome
Raquel Welch Kitty Forrest
Richard Conte Lt. Santini
Martin Gabel Al Mungar
Lainie Kazan Maria
Pat Henry Rubin
Joe E. Lewis Himself
Dan Blocker Gronsky
Richard Deacon Arnie Sherwin
Peter Hock Frenchy
Steven Peck Paul Mungar
Frank Raiter Danny Yale
Mac Robbins Sidney the organizer
Alex Stevens Shev
Christine Todd Sandra Lomax
Virginia Wood Audrey
Ray Baumel Paco
Andrew Jarrell Pool Boy
Technical Credits
Gordon M. Douglas Director
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Marvin H. Albert Screenwriter
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Layne Britton Makeup
Ricou Browning Cinematographer
Art Cruickshank Special Effects
LeRoy G. Deane Art Director
David Dockendorf Sound/Sound Designer
Moss Mabry Costumes/Costume Designer
Hugo Montenegro Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Aaron Rosenberg Producer
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Robert L. Simpson Editor
Dan Striepeke Makeup
Howard Warren Sound/Sound Designer
Jerry Wunderlich Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [1:54]
2. The Treasure Hunters [2:05]
3. The Lady in Cement [3:55]
4. The Postmortem [2:34]
5. The New Client [2:03]
6. Maria [2:46]
7. The Heiress [5:38]
8. A Walk with Al Mungar [4:01]
9. Two Murders [1:46]
10. A Lead [3:39]
11. "Ruby" [:58]
12. Gronsky's Story [2:04]
13. Grilling Gronsky [3:05]
14. Big Trouble [:56]
15. Good for Each Other [4:49]
16. Craps Among the Caskets [3:39]
17. Sherwin's Mural [3:02]
18. Tony's New Client [:11]
19. The Artist [2:43]
20. Portrait of a Dead Girl [2:26]
21. Framed [2:13]
22. Rome on the Run [2:54]
23. Kit's Guest [3:02]
24. Gronsky's Escape [1:07]
25. Paul's Partner [2:37]
26. The Son of a Hood [7:52]
27. Tough Negotiating [2:26]
28. End Titles [5:04]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Language Selection
      Languages
         English Stereo
         English Mono
         French Mono
         Spanish Mono
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Trailers & TV Spots
         Theatrical Trailer
         Spanish Trailer
         TV Spot
         TV Spot Cut Down
      Raquel Welch Theater
         Mother, Jugs & Speed
         Fantastic Voyage
         Fathom
         Myra Breckinridge
         Bandolero!
         One Million Years B.C.
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