Saturday, March 2, 2019

LADY IN CEMENT - "A Private Eye In Over His Head" (1968)

It's about time we had a Sinatra Saturday Night Special, so that's just what I'm gonna do!

2020 is the "Year Of The Rat," but I can't wait until then, so tonight's film will be an early Chinese New Year's celebration since it stars the leader of The Rat Pack himself, the Chairman Of The Board, Mr. Frank Sinatra!
We've featured all the other Rat Pack members except Joey Bishop at least once!
Dean Martin as Matt Helm was always fun, and Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford were both in 
but we've never featured Frankie in a feature of his own before, so let's get affair swingin'!

Frank Sinatra as Tony Rome, and his pal Pat (Matilda) Henry as Rubin, are out looking for treasure!

"Eleven Treasure Galleons Sunk" in this area, seems like it might be their lucky day!

Not so lucky after all......

......What Tony Rome finds is a blonde wearing cement shoes!
The guy responsible for staging the underwater scenes was Ricou Browning, who was the Gill Man in the underwater scenes of all three of the "Creature From The Black Lagoon" movies!
Ricou was also one of the original creators of "Flipper!"

Good ole Dan (Hoss) Blocker plays the literal heavy Waldo Gronsky!

On the right, that's Lainie (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) Kazan as exotic dancer Maria Baretto in one of her earliest roles! I'm happy to say that Lainie is still going strong and actively working today!

I used to drive a 1961 Ford Galaxie too, except mine wasn't a convertible, and the car I had after that was a 1969 Chevy Impala, and it was a convertible!

Raquel Welch plays a rich alcoholic! She's a beautiful woman, but she looks best in a robe and less makeup!

I wonder who has this painting today!

Dan Blocker was 6' 4" and Frankie was 5' 7 1/2" and it makes for quite a pairing!

Gulfstream Park in Florida is still alive and racing today, and is home to the now world famous "Pegasus World Cup!"

For me, Frank Sinatra and Raquel Welch are an odd match at best!

Richard Deacon has a very odd role as an artiste with a model who needs to get up and go to the bathroom! Richard was Mel Cooley in 82 episodes of "The Dick Van Dyke Show," he was in "The Birds," and "Piranha," and the star of the "Twilight Zone" episode called "The Brain Center At Whipple's."

Simplicity at it's finest, like a meal in a 5 star Michelin restaurant!

They have nice back yards in Miami!
 That's Richard (77 Sunset Strip, The Blue Gardenia) Conte reprising his role as Tony Rome's cop buddy from the first "Tony Rome" movie.
Richard was also in the "Twilight Zone" episode titled "Perchance To Dream."

As crowded as this place was in 1968, I can't imagine what it would be like today!

"Lady In Cement" is a sick, twisted, and sexy comedy!
For example, in this scene, Gronksky is watching "Bonanza" on TV!

This Japanese poster is one of the more honest ones as far as content is concerned!
I don't exactly get it, but in a few of the posters for "Lady In Cement," they have the nude body dangling upside down from a ball and tackle, and not in the water, and I say....
That's just weird!


Randall Landers said...

A thought just occurred to me about the nude lady hanging upside down from a ball and tackle... Could it be that's how the VFX guys shot the woman? Upside down and from a ball and tackle, flipped it, then superimposed the water and aquarium life over it?

EEGAH!! said...

I don't know Randall, I don't think so, but it certainly sounds possible!

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