As you may or may not know, Deborah Raffin starred in the 1981 television adaptation of the hit 1978 film Foul Play. The motion picture featured Goldie Hawn in the role of Gloria Mundy and, in an excellent bit of casting, Raffin was chosen to portray the iconic character on the small screen. Unfortunately, the show was not meant to be and was cancelled after only a handful of episodes had aired (you can read more about it here). And while many of us have not been lucky enough to see this classic TV show (yours truly included), at least we can enjoy gazing at a stunning promotional photograph for the series!
In the late 1970s, the career of beautiful actress Deborah Raffin began to take off in a major way. Besides working on numerous television productions, she was also involved in several feature film projects. One such project was Hanging on a Star, a low-budget but perfectly agreeable movie about the the late '70s music scene in Los Angeles.
In Hanging on a Star, Deborah Raffin plays Katie Ross, the daughter of a successful music manager. She wants to strike out on her own and her goal is to find a fresh rock group and turn them into superstars. Jeff Martin (played by real life aspiring rocker/actor Lane Caudell) is the leader of an extraordinarily polished yet unsigned four piece band called The Jeff Martin Band. After Katie sees them play she approaches them and, after much discussion amongst the band's members, they agree to let her have a shot at finding the band some gigs. Luckily, she has contacts in the music business (including an industry bigwig played by Wolfman Jack) and eventually she is able to get the fledgling group some much needed publicity and helps push them towards the ultimate dream of success.
Deborah Raffin really shines in this undeniably fun film. She had been acting for several years at this point and her highly developed skills really show when contrasted with the less experienced members of the cast. Also, as you may already know, the camera loves Deborah Raffin -- she had one of the best smiles around and, of course, her physical beauty was beyond compare. So, with this combination of good looks and acting talent (plus fabulous chemistry with her co-star Lane Caudell), she was able to turn her role in Hanging on a Star into one of her finest and most enjoyable screen appearances.
Though this film has languished in obscurity in the decades since its original release, it really does make for some very worthwhile viewing. Even if Deborah Raffin wasn't in it, it would still be a wonderful slice-of-life look at the brilliance of the late '70s and the superb songs songs played in the movie have a timeless quality. And if you're a fan of the lovely Deborah Raffin, her magnificent performance alone is reason enough to love this.
|Deborah Raffin & Wolfman Jack|
|Deborah Raffin & Lane Caudell|
|Deborah Raffin & Lane Caudell again|
In 1985, Deborah Raffin appeared in Lace II, the second installment of the very popular TV saga. Raffin maintained a big presence on '80s television and this project was yet another highly visible role for the beautiful and talented actress. Here are two fabulous photos of Deborah Raffin for Lace II:
In 1983, Deborah Raffin starred in the horror movie Dance of the Dwarfs. The lovely actress delivered yet another engaging performance and she had great chemistry with her co-star, Peter Fonda. Though the film (also known as Jungle Heat and, as a nod to one of Fonda's most famous roles, Easy Flyer) is not well-remembered or typically reviewed in a positive manner, it is an assured cult classic and a very entertaining romp.
In Dance of the Dwarfs, Deborah Raffin gets a chance to display many of her talents. Besides looking beautiful, the actress got to do some things in the movie that she didn't often do in many of her other projects. Dance of the Dwarfs gave Deborah Raffin the opportunity to handle a gun in more than one scene and another sequence in the film called for her to act drunk. Yet another scene sees her getting accosted by a snake. She also, of course, has her acting chops in order as the film sees her engaging in some fantastic interplay with Peter Fonda.
Any fan of Deborah Raffin would be well-advised to take a look at Dance of the Dwarfs. It's a very fun film and it's not meant to be taken too seriously. Even people that don't normally watch horror/monster movies may still find the Raffin/Fonda combination enjoyable. Bottom line: Deborah Raffin looks so great in this movie it really should be seen by all.