Lady in Cement


1h 33m 1968

Brief Synopsis

Tony Rome is a miami based detective who while diving in the ocean finds the body of a young woman. He is hired by Gronsky to find her killer. Tony has to sift through a stack of suspects, plus trying to elude the police.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
New York opening: 20 Nov 1968
Production Company
Arcola--Millfield Productions
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Lady in Cement by Anthony Rome (New York, 1960).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 33m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

While diving for sunken treasure off the Miami coast, private investigator Tony Rome discovers the nude corpse of a blonde whose feet have been encased in cement. Following an autopsy, which reveals that the woman was murdered with a knife, a huge ex-convict, Gronsky, hires Tony to find out if the blonde is his missing girl friend, go-go dancer Sandra Lomax. Sandra's roommate, Maria Baretto, informs Tony that Sandra was last seen at a party given by heiress Kit Forrest, but Kit, an alcoholic, claims that she was too drunk at the party to remember anything. Kit's neighbor, ex-Mafia chief Al Mungar, warns Tony to leave Kit alone. Soon afterwards, Maria is murdered, and two of Mungar's hoods make an attempt on Gronsky's life. Unperturbed, Tony continues with his sleuthing. A sketch drawn by artist Arnie Sherwin proves that the dead woman is indeed Sandra, and Tony eventually learns that Kit and Sandra clashed over Mungar's son, Paul. Maria's homosexual boss, Danny Yale, is also found murdered, and the evidence indicates that Tony is the killer. Escaping from his old friendly enemy, Police Lieutenant Santini, Tony takes refuge in Kit's home. When Kit confesses that she awoke after her party and found a paperknife in her hand and Sandra's dead body at her feet, Tony suspects that Kit may also be the victim of a frameup. After forcing Gronsky to admit that he and Paul were partners in stealing some of the senior Mungar's robbery proceeds, Tony realizes that Paul killed Sandra to get the money Gronsky had given her. Knowing that Kit's life is now in danger, Tony and Gronsky race to the Mungar residence and save her from being knifed by Paul. With the case resolved, Tony calls in Lieutenant Santini and leaves with Kit to search for sunken treasure.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
New York opening: 20 Nov 1968
Production Company
Arcola--Millfield Productions
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Lady in Cement by Anthony Rome (New York, 1960).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 33m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Quotes

I don't want to alarm you, ma'am, but there's a killer on the loose.
- Cop
Oh, well if I see one, I'll call you.
- Kit Forrest

Trivia

When Tony Rome walks into the room in the massage parlor where Bronski is, Bronski (Dan Blocker) is watching the TV show "Bonanza" (1959) where he starred as Hoss Cartwright.

Notes

Filmed on location in Miami. This film is a sequel to Tony Rome, q. v.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1998

Released in United States Fall November 1968

Released in United States on Video July 26, 1990

Sequel to "Tony Rome" (1967), starring Frank Sinatra and directed by Gordon Douglas.

Released in United States 1998 (Shown in New York City (Walter Reade) as part of program "A Salute to Sinatra" August 21 - September 8, 1998.)

Released in United States on Video July 26, 1990

Released in United States Fall November 1968