NSFW November: Dianne Danford, Miss November 1961

We’ll kick off today with Miss November 1961, the lovely and talented Dianne Danford. She was discovered and asked to pose for Playboy while shooting skeet at a range in Los Angeles (“Venus with Arms,” Playboy, November 1961).


Photographed by Mario Casilli

Dianne — a 23-year-old, emerald-eyed, honey-tressed, fresh-visaged fair belle to arms — gets herself to a gunnery for sweet sessions of not-so-silent skeet shooting whenever she can break away from her workaday chores modeling the latest in bathing regalia, for which her 5’7″, 120-lb. frame is perfectly suited. Living with her mother, father and brother close by Hollywood’s celluloid dream factories, Dianne presents a pretty paradox — she couldn’t care less about getting her face and form before a movie camera.

That bit about not desiring to appear before a movie camera may have been true at the time of this shoot, but in fact Dianne did end up with a movie credit under her belt. She appeared as Connie in 1966’s Weekend of Fear. The movie was written, directed, and produced by a Mr. Joe Danford (a connection, maybe?).

Good grief, he was also the editor. Did he do sets and gripping, too? Cook and serve the food at the craft table? Master of the wardrobe? Gaffer? Now I’m just being cruel. Gaffers aren’t people. Anyway, the movie is the sole credit for both Danfords.

According to Sandra Brennan of allmovie.com, the picture’s plot runs like this:

In this horror movie, an insane widow desires a young lover and decides to steal him away from his own lover by employing a crazed deaf-mute to frighten her away. The fellow does too good a job and the girl dies.

Of course. Happens all the time.

While she does state in her data sheet that her ambition in life is “to be happy,” no Irish need apply: Ms. Danford lists among her turnoffs “being poor.”

Sick left-field burn on my own heritage!

Today is a triple-playmate-play day, so stay tuned for mas y mas Miss Novembers. My gift to you. Think nothing of it!

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2 Responses to “NSFW November: Dianne Danford, Miss November 1961”

  1. Heidi Love Says:

    Hi, I found this piece by searching for the film “Weekend of Fear.” I really want to find this film and purchase a copy. My aunt stars in it (Ruth Trent) and it was filmed in L.A. in the house I lived in as a child. My aunts were all involved in the making of this film and stayed in touch with Joe Danford for years. Recently (in the past couple years) we got word from his sister that he passed away. We tried contacting the sister at the return address on her letter but never received a reply. We really would love to find the Danfords and find out how to get a copy of this film. Any advice?
    Thanks,
    Heidi Love (daughter of Gene and Lilly Love whose home this movie was filmed in, and niece of Ruth Trent who starred in film as, I think, Mrs. Harris).

  2. Ellen Toth Says:

    Just to clarify, Joe Danford passed away in the late 1980’s, not a couple of years ago. This is Ellen Toth, a good friend of Joe’s and sister of Ruth and Lilly Love. I believe Lilly’s voice was used for Ruth Trent’s.

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