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Blonde Ice -- A society reporter keeps herself in the headlines by marrying a series of wealthy men, all of whom die under mysterious circumstances.
Blonde Ice -- A society reporter keeps herself in the headlines by marrying a series of wealthy men, all of whom die under mysterious circumstances.

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Director:
Writers:
Kenneth Gamet (screenplay)
Whitman Chambers (novel)
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Release Date:
24 July 1948 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Blonde Criminal. Ice in her veins. Icicles in her heart. See more »
Plot:
A society reporter keeps herself in the headlines by marrying a series of wealthy men, all of whom die under mysterious circumstances. | Full synopsis »
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Leslie Brooks is Terrific! See more (24 total) »

Cast

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Robert Paige ... Les Burns
Leslie Brooks ... Claire Cummings Hanneman
Russ Vincent ... Blackie Talon
Michael Whalen ... Stanley Mason

James Griffith ... Al Herrick
Emory Parnell ... Police Capt. Bill Murdock
Walter Sande ... Hack Doyle
John Holland ... Carl Hanneman
Mildred Coles ... June Taylor
Selmer Jackson ... District Attorney Ed Chalmers
David Leonard ... Dr. Geoffrey Kippinger
Jack Del Rio ... Roberts - the Butler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julie Gibson ... Mimi Doyle (uncredited)
Rory Mallinson ... Police Sgt. Benson (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Victor - Room Service Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Bernhard 
 
Writing credits
Kenneth Gamet (screenplay)

Whitman Chambers (novel "Once Too Often")

Dick Irving Hyland  adaptation (uncredited)
Raymond L. Schrock  uncredited

Produced by
Robert E. Callahan .... associate producer
Martin Mooney .... producer
 
Original Music by
Irving Gertz 
 
Cinematography by
George Robinson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
W.L. Bagier  (as Douglas W. Bagier)
Jason H. Bernie 
 
Makeup Department
Ted Larsen .... makeup artist (as Teo Larsen)
Loretta Bickel .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
George Moskov .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Fox .... assistant director
 
Art Department
George Bahr .... props master
Joseph Kish .... set director (as Joe Kirsch)
George Van Marter .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Ferrol Redd .... sound engineer (as Ferol Redo)
 
Special Effects by
Ray Mercer .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Doolittle .... still photographer (uncredited)
Harvey Gould .... camera operator (uncredited)
Fred Russell .... grip (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Irving Gertz .... music arranger
 
Other crew
William Stirling .... assistant to producer
Jack Daly .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Eleanor H. Donahoe .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
73 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
USA:Approved (certificate #13060)

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Quotes:
Les Burns:What day is it?
June Taylor:Tuesday.
Les Burns:What happened to Sunday and Monday?
June Taylor:I took care of them for you.
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Leslie Brooks is Terrific!, 15 December 2003
Author: SonOfMoog

.. but this film, perhaps more highly regarded because it was thought to be lost for many years, is pretty ordinary film noir. There are half a dozen or so discernible film noir conventions that define a movie as noir. One is, people are rotten, and women are the rottenest people. Claire Cummings is an archtype for tawdry women: ambitious, completely inner-directed, amoral, oblivious to all except her own desires, conniving, manipulative, a pathological liar .. and gorgeous.

Her looks easily ensnare the men around her, and those same looks blind them to what she's capable of until it's too late. What this movie lacks, however, is this requisite corruption in the rest of Claire's universe. The police are honest, even competent; her lovers are mostly straight arrows; the newspaper where she works is not a scandal sheet dishing dirt on the rich and famous. Claire is thoroughly rotten, and there's a blackmailer, who knows what she did and tries to cut himself in on her inheritance .. but these are the only ones. There is none of the overwhelming sense that the whole world was full of Claires that we see in some film noirs.

She has one mostly normal relationship with a reporter she works with. He sees her for what she is, but seems unwilling or unable to walk away from her wiles. So, he's a prime candidate for one of the other conventions of film noir, that men are weak and stupid. Claire wraps him around her finger, and keeps him on a leash pretty much throughout. But, even Les comes to his senses when she frames him for one of her murders. "You're not warm. You're ice .. Blonde Ice!" he says at one point.

Claire kills to get ahead, or stay ahead. She kills her first husband for his money, becomes engaged to a congressman-elect for the position that will give her, and kills the would-be blackmailer to cover her tracks. We get the idea what kind of babe she is at her wedding where she makes excuses to leave the groom and is kissing Les, the man she still has feelings for, on the terrace.

A quick embrace and the thrill of forbidden pleasures is enough to keep the boyfriend interested, and a peck on the cheek with a little smoke and mirrors explanation of how it was just a friendly good-bye kiss is enough to soothe the husband's ruffled feathers. Her charm, her guile and her looks are how she gets through life.

Did I mention she was gorgeous?

But, there's another rule in film noir: evil schemes *never* succeed. There's always a day of reckoning, even if you're drop-dead gorgeous, and that moment comes for Claire. When it arrives it is weak, frankly, and largely unsatisfying. It involves a psychiatrist, and a lot of 40's psychobabble about the nature of crime that clearly removes this little thriller from any serious contention as film noir.

Not bad. I'll watch it again. 6.5 out of 10.

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