When I went to work on this post this weekend—a tally of some of the recent celebrity/show business passings—one of the sources I consulted was an informative blog entitled The Obit Patrol, which valiantly makes the neverending effort to chronicle notable deaths…and not just those recognized here by Thrilling Days of Yesteryear. I noticed earlier today while looking for an obit for the late Harold Gould that actress-model-glamour gal Rebel Randall has also taken leave of this world and gone off to a far better one at the age of 90 (according to this site—the IMDb lists her year of birth as 1921) on July 24th of this year.
Randall’s name isn’t one that immediately comes tripping off the tongue of most classic movie fans—neither is Alaine Brandes, the alias she went by before changing it in 1942—but if you’ve logged in as many hours as I (and Facebook chum Greg Hilbrich) watching Columbia two-reel comedies, you’ve welcomed her presence in such shorts as She Snoops to Conquer (1944), Wife Decoy (1945), Booby Dupes (1945), Hot Water (1946) and Society Mugs (1946). Her cinematic resume also includes appearances in The Fired Man (1941), The Lone Rider in Ghost Town (1941),
During WW2, Randall was a popular pin-up girl among the G.I. quotient (including a famous 1943 Esquire fold-out), and was later featured on Armed Forces Radio Service Shows in the 1950s like America Calling and Jukebox, USA. She also did a stint as “The Coca-Cola Girl” in advertisements for the pause that refreshes.
R.I.P., Ms. Randall. When I get the notion to watch you display your beauty and comic talent in Wife Decoy or Society Mugs, I’ll be thinking of you.