Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Blonde Ice 1948

Blonde Ice is true film noir. It's a B movie all the way, produced by an obscure production company and showcasing obscure actors, it's left to get by on its own merits. There are a few.

The lead - Leslie Brooks plays Claire Cummings Hanneman, a woman so obsessed with getting ahead that she lets nothing stand in her way. She's willing to lie, cheat, steal and murder to come out on top. She's made a name for herself as a society reporter for a San Francisco newspaper and uses that name to land a wealthy man. The film opens at her wedding, and after the ceremony, she takes the sports writer (Robert Paige) she dumped aside to tell him that she's still in love with him. When her husband finds out on their honeymoon in Los Angeles he leaves her to fly home. She follows and kills him, then goes back to LA to establish an alibi. Despite some boneheaded moves on her part, she gets away with it for a while. The film is entertaining, though you have to suspend disbelief occasionally.
 
Another film available on the Hollywood Bombshells Collection DVD set, this film is also available in full on YouTube, thanks to OpenFlix. There is a stand alone release of this title as well, that comes with several interesting bonus features. It's otherwise all but forgotten. The poster above is available at MoviePosterShop.com.

Obscurity factor: 8 (available on DVD and YouTube, largely unknown)

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