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Lady in Cement is a 1968 neo-noir detective film, directed by Gordon Douglas and starring Frank Sinatra, Raquel Welch, and Dan Blocker. It is a sequel to the 1967 film Tony Rome.

While diving off in the Miami coast, private investigator Tony Rome (Sinatra) discovers a dead woman, her feet encased in cement, at the bottom of the ocean. He thinks of the incident as a random encounter, until Waldo Gronski (Blocker) hires him to find a missing woman, Sandra Lomax. Rome's subsequent questioning makes him come across Kit Forrester (Welch), a woman whose party Sandra Lomax was supposed to have attended, with whom Rome begins a romantic relationship. The situation leads Rome to delve deep into an investigation in which he finds almost no answers.


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  • Actor Allusion:
    • There are a few to Frank Sinatra:
      • Rome says that he knew a girl that used to date bullfighters, a reference to Sinatra's ex-wife Ava Gardner's affair with matador Luis Miguel Dominguín when filming The Barefoot Contessa (1954) in Spain.
      • As Rome is running from the police on the beach, a band playing Sinatra's song "You Make Me Feel So Young" can be heard.
    • When Rome walks into the room in the massage parlor where Bronski is, Bronski is watching Bonanza, where Bronski's actor Dan Blocker starred as Hoss Cartwright.
  • Cement Shoes: Sandra Lomax's body is found with her feet encased in cement.
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous: Sandra Lomax is found nude, with camera angles being used to avoid showing explicit nudity.
  • Hardboiled Detective: Tony Rome is cynical but determined, has a prickly relationship with law enforcement, and tends to keep his cards close to his chest.
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  • Ms. Fanservice: Raquel Welch as Kit Forrester, especially the scene of her in a bikini at the pool.
  • Shout-Out: When Rome gets in the taxi by the airport, on the side of the cab there is an advertisement for Sinatra's fellow Rat Pack member Dean Martin's restaurant on 79th Street Causeway.
  • Worst News Judgement Ever: A local TV station would never break into the broadcast of a national program (especially one like Daniel Boone, aimed at children and families) to announce the murder of the owner of a go-go club, as shown in the film.

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