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Blonde Ice (1948)

Leslie Brooks , Mildred Coles , Jack Bernhard  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Leslie Brooks, Mildred Coles, Julie Gibson, James Griffith, John Holland
  • Directors: Jack Bernhard
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Vci Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2003
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C2IVE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,018 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Thought lost since the early 70's, BLONDE ICE tells the bizarre tale of a beautiful society columnist who's desire for money and position turn her into a serial killer--a story most Hollywood studios of the 1940's 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 recently discovered "B" film gives new meaning to the phrase "willing victims" and shows what film noir on a tiny budget could look like. Bonus Features: Commentary by Jay Fenton, Film Restoration Consultant| Bonus Film Noir TV Episode - "Into the Night"| Bonus 'Soundie' - "Satan Wears a Satin Dress"| Photo Gallery| Bonus Film Noir Trailers| Video Interview with Jay Fenton on Film Restoration| Edgar Ulmer - A Fascinating Possibility| Bios and Filmographies| Liner Notes written by Jay Fenton. Specs: DVD9; Dolby Digital Mono; 74 minutes; B&W; 1.33:1Aspect Ratio; MPAA - NR; Year - 1948; SRP - $9.99.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You're not well, Claire July 25, 2004
Format:DVD
Claire (Leslie Brooks) is blonde, beautiful, and deadly. As is true of most film noir heroines, money and power are more important to her than love, and this society page columnist lets nothing stand in the way of her shady ambitions. Or, as the tagline has it - Ice in her veins, icicles on her heart. Claire marries and murders, is the target of an extortionist and murders, becomes engaged and murders. Off in an innocent corner is sports columnist Les Burns (Robert Paige,) his love blinding him to her homicidal ways.

Brooks and Paige head an unusually strong cast of veteran character actors in the Poverty Row movie BLONDE ICE. In a role that could easily have been taken over the top, Brooks plays the sociopath with passionate restraint. Paige, who appearance here is evidence to the downward track his career was on, plays the poor love-struck sap with a sensitive touch.

True to its Poverty Row heritage corners were cut and money was saved at almost every turn. There aren't a lot of expensive tracking and dolly shots, and you'll notice the same curtains in Les's apartment, in a lawyer's office and hanging off the windows in a room holding an election night party.

The cast is filled with veteran character actors who'd either fallen off the A-movie list or were on it only as bit players. Nobody strays too far out of their comfort zone in this one. For instance, Emory Parnell plays police Capt. Bill Murdock. In the 250 movies he's credited with appearing in, Parnell almost always played the cop, good or bad (in this one he's a grouchy good one.) The only non-veteran in the cast is James Griffith, who plays newspaperman Al Herrick, a friend and co-worker of Claire and Burns who smells a rat a little earlier than anyone else.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars B Noir Murderess--the first black widow November 1, 2003
Format:DVD
The forerunner of 1987's Black Widow (Theresa Russell, Debra Winger), Blonde Ice features B actors in a B film noir. Leslie Brooks plays the title character, a newspaper columnist who marries for money and makes sure she gets the dough she's due from her marriages as soon as she can. The whole time she's hooking up with rich guys, she's really in love (or whatever dames like this call love) with a guy she works with on the same paper.
One of the most interesting things about this film is the possibility that noted B director Edgar Ulmer (Detour, Bluebeard, Strange Illusion) may have written the script for the film under its original title, Single Indemnity. The intent, no doubt, was to play off the huge success of the A noir Double Indemnity, released four years earlier. But the releasing studio didn't cotton to this blatant title rip-off and threatened suit. Hence the title change to Blonde Ice.
This is a compact little film, clocking in at around 74 minutes. The DVD comes with some nice extras. Aside from a short description of the Edgar Ulmer connection, there's film restorer Jay Fenton, who's interviewed about film restoration and who supplies both the liner notes and a commentary on the film. There's a bonus very early TV noir episode, "Into the Night"--very creaky. An even wackier extra is some big-voiced crooner singing "Satan in Satin", no doubt inspired by this film. There's bios and filmographies of the cast and crew. And there's even a postcard showing our heroine dolled up in a bathing suit in a cute pose, circa the '40s.
This is not a strong, compelling film noir like Murder, My Sweet or Double Indemnity. But it's worth having as one of the premier B noirs for those, like me, who're noir fanatics.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good B-Movie Film Noir Is Rescued August 12, 2005
Format:DVD
Blonde Ice was one of hundreds of movies made by "poverty row" movie studios such as PRC and Monogram. Many of these were literally thrown in the trash once their theatrical run was over. A large number of these movies are lost - there are no prints in existence anymore.

Blonde Ice was thought to be in that category until film restorer Jay Fenton, working with VCI, put together two prints that he discovered. Each was significantly damaged, but when the good parts of each print were combined a single print in good condition was created. This process, along with many other stories, are told by Jay Fenton as special features on the VCI version of Blone Ice.

The film itself will not make anyone, even hardcore B-Movie noir buffs, forget Double Indemnity, but it is one of the better movies to come out of poverty row in that era. Leslie Brooks is perfectly cast as the title character, and the story is fairly well written and directed (considering the miniscule budget that the movie had).

As to which version of Blonde Ice to buy, I've got to recommend the VCI version. They spent the time and money with Jay Fenton to restore the movie, and it was an investment well spent as their DVD of Blonde Ice is truly something special. You will not find a better print of Blonde Ice available (or even one as good), and the extras on their DVD are worth the price of admission alone! (By the way, I am NOT on the VCI payroll, I just believe in rewarding and crediting those who go above and beyond the call...)

If you're a B-Movie fan, a film noir fan, or just curious about Hollywood's poverty row studios of the 1940's you should definitely check out VCI's Blonde Ice DVD (and skip this version from Alpha/Gotham).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 24 days ago by sunshine
4.0 out of 5 stars I was amazed and amused
Watching the title character take you down the rabbit hole and staying sympathetic to her all the way down. Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. Ubell
5.0 out of 5 stars great
This was one woman who knew what she wanted and went after it. Non of that faint of heart heroine in this movie. This woman has guts. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Evelyn M.
4.0 out of 5 stars I thought that I had viewed most classic films but I keep finding more
I thought that I had viewed most classic films but I keep finding more. This is another bad woman movie to add to my viewing catalog.
Published 4 months ago by Clarese busy busy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Well acted with good plot. As a lover of old movies I Have watched this twice and will watch again.
Published 5 months ago by Elizabeth Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars That's One Tough Dame!
It doesn't take a lot of noir to make me feel overwhelmed. I get it - the frosty dame, the stolid male lead, the angles, the frequent boozing. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Joseph Logue
4.0 out of 5 stars SINGLE INDEMNITY!!
This film is highly regarded as a minor gem via the Femme Fatale category of Film Noir. It was shot on a very small budget which makes it even more interesting to consider when... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Smrz
4.0 out of 5 stars A good "B" noir
I enjoy most all movie genres but have a particular liking to both film and neo noir. This is no "Out of the Past" but was a good "B"
noir.
Published 12 months ago by Wendy Valentine
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Watchable
I like noir but I am not an aficionado, so when I discovered "Blonde Ice" all I knew was that none of the actors and actresses were famous, not even famous for noir films. Read more
Published 15 months ago by G. Charles Steiner
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever Plot, Competent acting, Soft, grainy transfer
I enjoyed the plot twists that unfolded as the film moved along. Competent acting. I'm surprised Leslie Brooks isn't better known in the film noir genre. Perfect for the part. Read more
Published on September 12, 2010 by Chester J. Alkema
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