Thought lost since the early 1970s, BLONDE ICE tells the bizarre tale of a beautiful society columnist with a desire for money and position that turns her into a serial killer, a story most Hollywood studios of the 1940s wouldn't touch! The tagline, "ice in her veins, icicles in her heart" perfectly describes Claire Cummings as she eagerly seduces rich and powerful men. This little-known film gives new meaning to the phrase "willing victims" and shows what film noir on a tiny budget could look like.
Cast & Crew
- Leslie Brooks - Claire Cummings Hanneman
- Mildred Coles - June Taylor
- James Griffith - Al Herrick
- John Holland - Carl Hanneman
- Selmer Jackson - District Attorney Ed Chalmers
- David Leonard - Dr. Geoffrey Kippinger
- Robert Paige - Les Burns
- Emory Parnell - Police Capt. Bill Murdock
- Jack Del Rio - Roberts, the Butler
- Walter Sande - Hack Doyle
- Russ Vincent - Blackie Talon, the Pilot
- Michael Whalen - Stanley Mason, Attorney
Reviews(see the best reviews)
Very good 1940's film noir in spite of low budget, no "famous" actors, etc. Set in San Francisco, not Los Angeles, for a change. Tight script, good acting. Looking forward to seeing this one over again soon - this time with film buff friends and lots of popcorn.
Great oldie murder flick!
No Double Indemnity but not bad.
...worth a watch (or, two/three..;) - well acted - kind of a 'moral' story...
I watched the little known B film BLONDE ICE. Shortly after it started, it began to go out of sync. I like to watch these to help me sleep, but once that happened I had to find out if the whole movie was out of sync. You see, when something is out of sync on digital TV, it remains the same degree of out of sync for however long the program runs. But if this film was out of sync because the editor was too pressed for time to sync up a few scenes, that would be different. If that's what happened when the scene changed it would probably be in sync because the editor had different film and sound stock to match up. If it was out of sync because the master sound wasn't synced up precisely to the image, it would get wildly out of sync. You see, what happens is that a mistake of a fraction of a second in the beginning of syncing sound and film looks maybe off in the beginning but mathematically becomes increasingly off. I forget how much off it can be after an hour, but it's significant. We learned this in film school, but I've never seen it throughout a whole film. This was my big chance, and by the end of the movie, I was hearing sound from scenes that preceded the film by perhaps more than a minute! Trippy.
Well-acted story that holds your interest. A stylish look at life in that period. Shows a lot of things that will become de rigeur in crime movies to follow
This was a great film noir classic. It was tight, fun and dark. The plot was thin or so transparent there was no mystery. That is the draw back. See through from scene one, it is not in the first rank of noir. I enjoyed it. A great 1940s period film.
Little gem. Convoluted at times, but dead on wicked.
Time capsule. Low budget but great film-noir. Greed and politics (of love).
I like the character because she is ruthless, self absorbed, and using her looks to snag men and increase her standing in society. She's a little like Scarlett O'hara, only not loveable. She's a sociopathic killer-one who acts without feeling for others.
interesting movie. a little old and predictable
Stock plot.Acting and direction were nothing special.
It was fun to watch.
Very good movie.
I guess for its time, it was OK.
i liked this movie . i love the old thriller black and white moveie.
classic film noir! one that isn't on TCM or other network's rotation.
Have never seen this film noir before. Interesting making the women the chief villain. Typical of the 1940s, but always entertaining.
I love almost any film noir from the 40s. This is no masterpiece but still enjoyable.
Nice contrast to contemporary editing and camera styles. The acting is pretty stiff, and the story is OK if a bit implausible. It sounds like it'll be better than it is, but you get an interesting glimpse at a B-movie on-the-cheap noir. Make sure you've seen the classics first!
Predictable but a fun view if you like film noir.
A smarter version of my ex wife:(
very good drama, good plot.
Outstanding! A jewel that seemed lost forever returns. A very unusual and stark but amazing film!
Fabulous job directing this 40's film ~ great femme fatale depiction! Love it.
Oh WOW! It,t Just So Good, Says Bruno In Love!
Excellent sample of what 1940's film is all about. Glad it was rescued from oblivion.
thought it was a little campy but enjoyed it all the same.