One of the regular segments of the TV show The Banana Splits
was Danger Island
. And the main reason to watch Danger Island
was to see Leslie Hayden
, the plucky daughter of Professor Hayden.
The show was ostensibly about Professor Hayden and his crew getting stranded on a desert island after getting shipwrecked by pirates. There is some foolishness about the lost city of Tobanya and the Professor's missing brother, but we all know what the show was really about - the plucky daughter, Leslie Hayden, and her white pants that never got dirty even though they were stranded on a desert island!
It was all about the white pants, and of course Leslie's bare midriff. (She used to wear her button down shirt tied in a knot at her sternum.)
In every episode, amid the ever present cry of "Uh-Oh, Chongo!", Leslie would be captured by evil pirates or nasty native headhunters. She would then be tied up, and the camera would zoom in on her struggling against her bonds in a fashion that was most intriguing. If she wasn't tied up, she would be hitting the villains over the head with coconuts to a chorus of cheesy sound effects. ("Take that, you evil native headhunter! Pax Americana!")
This video clip
has it all. The white pants, sunken treasure, evil pirates, the damsel in distress, and even the Professor's daughter in a black bikini! (Check out that swinging music!)
The girl in the white pants was played by Ronne Troup
, who is the daughter of the late musician and actor Bobby Troup
. Before the white pants and Danger Island
, Troup played one of the school girls in the Hayley Mills film, The Trouble With Angels
. She appeared as a guest star in several different TV shows, such as The Partridge Family
, My Three Sons
, Adam 12
, and she also appeared with her father on my sister's favorite TV show, Emergency!
She was cast, and then later rejected as the The Flying Nun
. Damn you, Sally Fields! The girl in the white pants is far pluckier than you!
Unfortunately, there are almost no pictures of Ronne Troup on the internet. How is this possible? How could the fickle public forgot the girl in the white pants?