I just got in the wonderful book I Talked with a Zombie by Tom Weaver, a collection of rare interviews with some of the lesser known or remembered faces in b-movie history. You know the type of screen presence you see here and there but never really know their name or anything about them. Often their film careers were short lived and they went on to live happy –maybe happier- lives outside the movie making machine. Sometimes they become known for just one memorable role in their entire career. Such is the case with Tandra Quinn, aka Jeanette Quinn and born Derline Jeanette Smith. She only made four films in her short acting career in the early fifties (she also played an uncredited child role in the 1945 film Week End at the Waldorf.) All her films are dated 1953 and then she seemingly vanished forever from films and got married and has lived a quiet life that eventually finds her looking for gold in Denton Texas. I have never seen her film Problem Girls but her other two features have been reviewed here and the stills I selected –most being from Weaver’s book- should be familiar to any fan of cheesy cinema as one of the true classics of bad film making, Mesa of Lost Women.
If you read blogs like mine and have never seen Mesa of Lost Women I encourage you to do so if for no other reason than to see Tandra Quinn dance as Tarantella and get shot in the gut and live. If you do not want to rent it or buy it I have the complete film here as one of my Uranium Café Matinee features and you can sample it. Last heard of Tandra is sadly widowed and still living in Denton Texas and working for a gold mining company.