Ice Blues (2008) gay alternative lifestyle interest
YEAR: 2008 DIRECTOR: Ron Oliver
STARRING: Chad Allen, Sebastian Spence, Brittney Wilson, Spencer Maybee, Sebastien Roberts, Michael Jonsson
This new installment in the popular and critically-acclaimed Donald Strachey Mystery series finds America's favorite gay private investigator, Donald Strachey (Chad Allen), taking on the most complicated case of his career. After his long-time partner, Tim (Sebastian Spence), asks him to uncover the source of an anonymous and generous donation to the Albany youth center, he gets caught in a whirlwind of deceit and danger. When the lawyer who presented the donation turns up dead, the hard-boiled Strachey must race against the clock to capture the killer before he strikes again.
A complicated storyline ensues with too many twists and turns to list here. Suffice to say, there is a murder and it is Strachey's job to sort it out. Allen has good comic timing and is convincing in the dramatic scenes even when the script isn't. Spence, as his dashing husband, also puts in a good performance and the pair have a nice, easy chemistry together.
You are hereby invited to figure out "whodunit" when watching Third Man Out, a gay murder mystery featuring P.I. Donald Strachey played by out actor Chad Allen ("Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman") The series of books written by Richard Stevenson, are now classics of the gay mystery genre, this is the first in an anticipated series of adaptations. All set in the Albany region, the books feature a gay male couple, Donald (Allen,) the private investigator and his lover Ronnie (Carey,) a legislative aide.
Chad Allen plays a gay private investigator in this franchise and "Ice" gives the most screen time yet to his character's relationship with his husband, New York State Senate staffer Tim Callahan (Sebastian Spence). The relationship has been a part of all the movies but Tim is integral to the plot in this one. He asks Donald to uncover the source of an anonymous and generous donation to the Albany youth center that leads to a young man's death.
As events begin to spin out of control, Donald and Tim join forces in a violent showdown between the dangerous kiddie-porn ring leader Frank Zaillian, his cold-blooded associates and the wealthy and deceitful Lenigan family. Tim finds himself waist-deep in Donald's mystery and the couple unites to fight against big business, personal demons and family betrayal.
It's all pretty engrossing but the really great thing is how there are little bits of comedy that come through as Donald and Tim are on the run and the rapport between the actors has grown stronger with each film.
Featuring a handsome gay male couple and a murder most foul, this is one film you won't want to miss.
PLEASE PURCHASE THESE ITEMS IF YOU LIKE THEM: