Lady Ice (1973)

PG | 93 or 100 mins | Drama | August 1973

Director:

Tom Gries

Producer:

Harrison Starr

Cinematographer:

Lucien Ballard

Production Designer:

Joel Schiller

Production Company:

Tomorrow Entertainment, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of the film was The Masters , although HR production charts erroneously list the title as The Master . There is a copyright statement in the onscreen credits, but the film was not copyrighted until 26 Dec 2000, at which time Classic Media, Inc. registered it under the number RE-872-227. The following onscreen written acknowledgement appeared in the closing credits: "The co-operation and technical assistance of Commissioner William L. Reed and associates of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is gratefully acknowledged."
       A Sep 1971 DV news item indicates the film was originally slated to be released through United Artists. According to a 15 Sep 71 DV Alan Trustman and Martin Elfand were set to produce the film. According to Filmfacts , Susan George was originally cast in the role of "Paula," but was replaced because of the height difference between her and six foot-four inch co-star Donald Sutherland. HR productions charts add Helmut Griem and Leslie Woods to the cast but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Lady Ice was shot on location in Nassau and in Miami and Palm Beach, ... More Less

The working title of the film was The Masters , although HR production charts erroneously list the title as The Master . There is a copyright statement in the onscreen credits, but the film was not copyrighted until 26 Dec 2000, at which time Classic Media, Inc. registered it under the number RE-872-227. The following onscreen written acknowledgement appeared in the closing credits: "The co-operation and technical assistance of Commissioner William L. Reed and associates of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is gratefully acknowledged."
       A Sep 1971 DV news item indicates the film was originally slated to be released through United Artists. According to a 15 Sep 71 DV Alan Trustman and Martin Elfand were set to produce the film. According to Filmfacts , Susan George was originally cast in the role of "Paula," but was replaced because of the height difference between her and six foot-four inch co-star Donald Sutherland. HR productions charts add Helmut Griem and Leslie Woods to the cast but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Lady Ice was shot on location in Nassau and in Miami and Palm Beach, FL. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
30 Jul 1973
p. 4611.
Daily Variety
15 Sep 1971.
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Daily Variety
7 Aug 1973.
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Filmfacts
1973
pp. 133-34.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Jun 1972
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Oct 1972
p. 10.
Los Angeles Herald Examiner
1 Sep 1973.
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Los Angeles Times
31 Aug 1973
Section IV, p. 16.
New York Times
3 Aug 1973
p. 19.
Variety
8 Aug 1973.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Gaffer
Key grip
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
COSTUMES
Cost supv
Cost for Miss O'Neill by
Accessories by
Diamonds and jewels by
MUSIC
Mus ed
SOUND
Sd mixer
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
Spec hairstyling for Donald Sutherland
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
Prod secy
Casting
Tech adv
Loc services
Unit pub
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Masters
Release Date:
August 1973
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 3 August 1973
Los Angeles opening: 29 August 1973
Production Date:
early June--mid October 1972 in Nassau and in Miami and Palm Beach, FL
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Lenses/Prints
cam & lenses by Panavision
Duration(in mins):
93 or 100
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Mob messenger Tony LaCava arrives in Miami from Chicago, secretly carrying a stolen diamond necklace that is part of a larger collection to be delivered to wealthy father and daughter Paul and Paula Booth, professional jewel fences. Insurance investigator Andy Hammond, who is posing as a mechanic at the Booths' imported luxury car dealership, intercepts LaCava and takes the necklace, leaving the hapless messenger handcuffed to a hotel toilet seat. Later at the dealership, Andy spots the striking Paula and purposely makes a lewd remark, prompting Paul to fire him. Andy then playfully steals Paula’s expensive sports car, leading her on a chase through the city, before abandoning the car safely. That evening, a bored Paula leaves a large party at her father’s mansion and returns to her nearby bungalow where Andy surprises her in her private pool. Although reluctantly intrigued by Andy’s roguish manner, Paula refuses his advances. Before Andy can explain the purpose of his visit, Paul’s assistant Eddie Stell arrives, forcing Andy to flee. Eddie, who hopes to maneuver the independent Paula into marriage, inquires suspiciously about Andy then relates that the Chicago courier and the necklace have gone missing. Unknown to Paula, Eddie later discovers LaCava’s whereabouts and sends two cohorts to question him. The next day, Andy returns to the Booth’s auto showroom to meet Paula and confides that he deals in stolen property. After Andy shows her the necklace, Paula immediately reports to Paul and Eddie. As Andy waits outside for Paula’s return, police detective Ford Pierce drives up and insists he come to headquarters. In the morgue, Pierce shows Andy ... +


Mob messenger Tony LaCava arrives in Miami from Chicago, secretly carrying a stolen diamond necklace that is part of a larger collection to be delivered to wealthy father and daughter Paul and Paula Booth, professional jewel fences. Insurance investigator Andy Hammond, who is posing as a mechanic at the Booths' imported luxury car dealership, intercepts LaCava and takes the necklace, leaving the hapless messenger handcuffed to a hotel toilet seat. Later at the dealership, Andy spots the striking Paula and purposely makes a lewd remark, prompting Paul to fire him. Andy then playfully steals Paula’s expensive sports car, leading her on a chase through the city, before abandoning the car safely. That evening, a bored Paula leaves a large party at her father’s mansion and returns to her nearby bungalow where Andy surprises her in her private pool. Although reluctantly intrigued by Andy’s roguish manner, Paula refuses his advances. Before Andy can explain the purpose of his visit, Paul’s assistant Eddie Stell arrives, forcing Andy to flee. Eddie, who hopes to maneuver the independent Paula into marriage, inquires suspiciously about Andy then relates that the Chicago courier and the necklace have gone missing. Unknown to Paula, Eddie later discovers LaCava’s whereabouts and sends two cohorts to question him. The next day, Andy returns to the Booth’s auto showroom to meet Paula and confides that he deals in stolen property. After Andy shows her the necklace, Paula immediately reports to Paul and Eddie. As Andy waits outside for Paula’s return, police detective Ford Pierce drives up and insists he come to headquarters. In the morgue, Pierce shows Andy LaCava’s dead body and angrily chides the insurance agent for not reporting the messenger’s arrival with a stolen necklace. When Pierce demands the necklace, Andy refuses to produce it, insisting that he needs it to draw out the Booths. Frustrated and angry, Pierce nevertheless lets Andy go. That afternoon, Pierce’s assistant Carlos presents Pierce with detailed information on the Booths’ and Eddie’s business affairs, and on associate Peter Brinker, another fence who works with them out of Nassau. Back at the Booths’, Eddie reports to Paul that LaCava is dead and that although Andy has the necklace, he is an amateur and easy to handle. Disgusted that Eddie has had LaCava slain, Paula tells Eddie that she will put an end to their professional and personal relationship if he kills again. After an afternoon fishing, Andy returns to his dockside room where two of Eddie’s cohorts attack him, demanding the necklace. Only Paula’s unexpected visit drives the men away. Laughing when Paula accuses him of being with the police, the battered Andy reveals that he is an insurance investigator. Taken aback, Paula cautions him about his involvement in the Booths’ affairs and states that despite her attraction to him, she cannot help him. After Paula departs, Andy telephones Pierce to inform him of his suspicion that the Booths will try to get the remainder of the diamond collection in Chicago since they cannot get the necklace. A few days later, after Pierce receives a report from Chicago that the jewels have been stolen, he watches the airport where Eddie meets the jewel thieves and receives the jewels. Evading the police easily, Eddie meets Paula in a trailer park where they drive off in a large camper inside which she carefully examines the diamonds and offers the thieves $400,000. Meanwhile Andy, who has followed Eddie to the camper, tries to run the vehicle off the road but is unsuccessful and nearly crashes. By the time he returns to the original park site, Paula, Eddie and the others have fled. A couple of days later, Paula happily reports to her father that the jewels are safely in Nassau where Brinker will have them re-cut to her specifications so that they can be sold as quickly as possible. Paul, who has longed to get out of the jewel-theft business for some time, pleads with Paula to give up the latest scheme as they have more than enough money, but she insists on continuing and makes plans to leave for Nassau. The next day at the airport, however, Pierce intercepts Paula and delays her departure with a humiliating body search for drugs. Brinker meets Paula at the Nassau airport the next morning, both unaware that Andy is nearby. That afternoon, Paula and Brinker join the two jewelers who have cut down the diamonds to make other pieces, which Paula praises. Later, Andy interrupts Paula and Brinker swimming together to relate that his company has authorized him to offer Brinker $500,000 for the jewels, which is higher than the percentage he would collect on the stones’ three-million-dollar value. Brinker immediately refuses, prompting Andy to conclude that they have already cut the stones to be unrecognizable on the market and thus rendering them more saleable than the original stolen gems. Paula assures Brinker she will deal with Andy and Brinker departs. Although Paula flirts with Andy throughout the rest of the day, when he urges her to take the financial offer, she coolly informs him that she will consider it and call him later. The next morning, however, Paula sees Brinker off to the airport with the briefcase full of jewels handcuffed to his wrist. Minutes later, Andy’s hired men intercept Brinker and, after cutting off the handcuffs, hurl Brinker into the street. Later, Andy takes the briefcase to a beachside meeting of insurance representatives who inform him that Brinker had insured the new pieces and has already indicated he will file a claim. With no way to prove the stones are the same ones insured and stolen in Chicago, the company is going to face an enormous loss unless Andy can convince Paula to sign a formal document declaring that the stones were cut down from the originals. Andy arranges to meet Paula to tell her the insurance company will pay her $600,000 and not press charges if she signs a statement of the jewels’ origins. Swayed by her attraction to Andy, Paula agrees and the couple takes a motorboat to a remote beach, unaware that Eddie and two cohorts are following. At the beach, Andy unearths the diamonds buried in the sand, but just after Paula signs the documents, Eddie arrives, takes the briefcase and flees on Andy’s boat. Moments later, however, police and Coast Guard boats surround Eddie from all sides as Andy and Paula watch, laughing, from the beach. +

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