Okay, I admit it. I can’t resist Frank Sinatra as private eye Tony Rome. He made two movies about the Miami-based private eye, TONY ROME and THE LADY IN CEMENT, and I love them both. They are based on books by Marvin Albert and owe, at least in the film versions, a large debt to John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee novels. Rome is an ex-cop who lives on a boat and barely scrapes out a living. I find it impossible to channel surf past either movie, even though I’ve seen them both a hundred times. The stories aren’t all that well-plotted, but there’s something about that Rat Pack take on the hard-boiled detective that I find irresistable. Now Hugo Montenegro’s soundtrack to LADY IN CEMENT is out on CD. I bought it as fast as I could click. Like I said, it’s an addiction. I’m even easy prey for Sinatra’s other cop movies — THE DETECTIVE, CONTRACT ON CHERRY STREET, and the awful SEVEN DEADLY SINS. Is there any hope for me?
PS – They tried to turn TONY ROME into a TV series. Twentieth Century Fox did a short demo film/pilot that never aired called NICK QUARRY. Jerry Goldsmith did the music, which is terrific and has been released as bonus material on his STRIPPER soundtrack CD.
A sample of the NICK QUARRY theme is posted on the BuySoundtrax site, but you can listen to it here: