Sunday, August 23, 2015

Lili Kardell and Joan Bradshaw in LOOKING FOR DANGER (Allied Artists, 1957)

Huntz Hall gets star billing in this the fourth to the last of Allied Artists' patented Bowery Boys comedies, in which, once again, Stanley Clements stands in for the much missed Leo Gorcey, who had left the series the previous year. In a flashback to their adventures in the last war, the boys infiltrate the Casablanca household of Sultan Sidi-Omar (Michael Granger), who is a Nazi spy. His fiancée, the lovely Shareen (Lili Kardell), is also a spy, however for the allied cause. And so it goes. "Sach" rolls his "r's" menacingly pretending to be German and slapstick ensues, latter-day Bowery style. Nothing to get too excited about, but kinda fun if in the mood.


From Norrkjöping, Sweden (rather than Stockholm as is usually claimed) Lili Kardell appeared quite a bit on television but was better known as one of James Dean's girlfriends. "I was like his sister," a sobbing Lili told the Swedish press when Dean got himself killed in his brand new Porsche. Sadly, Miss Kardell did not enjoy a long life, either, dying at the age of only 50 in New York City in 1987.


Among the obligatory harem girls in Looking for Danger we find Texas-born starlet Joan Bradshaw, who someone at the IMDb actually believes became a top Hollywood producer confidante of Steven Spielberg. Perhaps. If true, though, the now 74-year-old Miss Bradshaw will probably enjoy the rather revealing photo I shall post below. Va Va Voom, madam producer is all I can say!

This Joan Bradshaw, anyway, hailed from Houston, was Miss Texas and danced on television's Arthur Murray Party when actress Jean Simmons allegedly suggested she give Hollywood a try. In May if 1961, she became the third wife of producer Frank Ross, following in the footsteps of Jean Arthur and Joan Caulfield. The newlyweds honeymooned in Palm Springs. 



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