In the 1930s and 40s, in order to fill up the programmes of double bills, Hollywood studios churned out hundreds of cheap "programmers" through which some actors, such as Grace Bradley, who has died aged 97, gained a modicum of fame. Bradley later became more celebrated as "Mrs Hopalong Cassidy", the fifth and last wife of William Boyd, the actor who embodied the cowboy hero. The petite, seductive and sassy Bradley, who never made a colour film, was a redhead but was frequently seen as a blonde. From 1933 to 1943, she appeared in dozens of quickly made second features, often cast as what were termed "good-time girls", as distinct from good girls, sometimes with invented ooh-la-la French names.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Bradley played the piano, sang and danced, on stage and in nightclubs,