Saturday, January 31, 2015

#89 Laya Raki

Laya Raki is our first dancer masquerading as an actress. Which, if you think about it, is not a bad strategy at all for B movie success. I mean, nobody’s here for their acting skills, right? So, why not dress in a super skimpy outfit and gyrate around suggestively in front of the camera? Speaking entirely as a B movie patron, I have no problem with this at all!

Embarrassing Real Name:  Brunhilde Jörns

Embarrassing Real Birthplace:  Calvörde, Germany (pop. 3,000)

Embarrassing Movies

  • In the Beginning Was Sin
  • Land of Fury
  • Savage Pampas
  • Danger Grows Wild
  • The Nylon Noose

Embarrassing Taglines:  As most of Laya’s movies were in German, IMDb doesn’t list a lot of taglines for her. I did find this great description however:

A company's stockholders hold their meeting at a lonely mansion. A mad doctor conducting experiments in the mansion starts to strangle them one at a time with a nylon noose. The survivors must figure out a way to stop him.

Embarrassing Characters

  • Halima
  • Ilonka
  • Lao Win Tan
  • Betta Dudoit
  • Kyro Caro

Whiffs of Scandal
  • Long history of popping out of dresses, swimsuits, etc.
  • On-screen nudity (quite a big deal in 1954)
  • Having a record banned (see below) because “her ecstatic moaning was imitating coitus”

Interesting Tidbits
  • 38-23-36
  • Was the daughter of two acrobats
  • Half German, half Indonesian
  • Stage name came from the German actress La Jana and the Turkish drink raki
  • Recorded two songs, "Faire l`amour" (“Making Love”) and "Oh Johnny hier nicht parken" (“Oh Johnny, don’t park here.”)
  • Was married to Australian actor Ron Randell for almost 60 years

Where can I learn more?

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