The adventures of Richard Crane, cafe owner & part-time smuggler, around the coast of Morocco, aided (and sometimes abetted) by his ex-Foreign Legion sidekick Orlando, waitress Halina, and ...
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The adventures of Richard Crane, cafe owner & part-time smuggler, around the coast of Morocco, aided (and sometimes abetted) by his ex-Foreign Legion sidekick Orlando, waitress Halina, and local cop Colonel Mahmoud. Written by
Unlike other 'Crane' reviewers with impressive memories, pretty much all I remember about the series is Laya Raki. She was, to me as a teenager in the early 60s, simply the most beautiful, exotic, sexy female on TV. Appearing in tight, low-cut dresses that seemed to be sprayed-on to her fabulous curves, she was like a creature from another planet. With her strange exotic accent, she played Halima who ran the small bar owned by Mr Crane. Her cleavage was a thing of wonderment, as were her sensual and expressive lips. Her whole persona radiated sex. She said in an interview at the time that Patrick Allen (who played Crane) criticized her for not wearing a bra, but she argued that she didn't need one. Check out the contemporary photos of her in a see-through night dress by Peter Basch and you can see she was absolutely correct. I savored every second she was on screen, and I probably resented all the other characters when the camera turned to them instead. Crane was the highlight of early 60s TV for me, and for one reason only - Laya Raki. A woman who has had the most remarkable life, for example escaping Nazi Germany as a teenager in the 1940s, Laya is (according to Wikipedia) still alive and living in LA. Someone should write a biography.
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