Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Carole's Songs

Carole had a beautiful voice and she loved to sing. She had started her career as a nightclub singer in San Francisco. Carole sang duets on the radio with stars like Groucho Marx and Bob Hope. She also recorded several songs for the troops during World War 2. Unfortunately Carole never recorded a studio album. You can listen to ten of her songs here ...

It Had To Be You (from a 1945 radio performance)

Personality (from a 1946 radio performance)

The Old Army Game with Martha Raye, Mitzi Mayfair, and Kay Francis

Sunday Monday and Always with Martha Raye and Mitzi Mayfair


I'm An Old Cowhand with Bob Hope


Pistol Packin' Mama with Bob Hope


Crazy Me from Four Jills In A Jeep

I'm Your Pin-Up Girl

O The Desert O The Prairie with Groucho Marx


SNAFU with Mitzi Mayfair and Martha Raye


Monday, June 5, 2017

1943 Article ~ Schedule For Tomorrow

1944 ~ Rare Photos From Carole's USO Tour

In Summer of 1944 Carole went on a two month USO tour with Jack Benny, harmonica player Larry Adler, singer Martha Tilton, and June Bruner. The group entertained thousands of troops in New Guinea, Fiji, and Australia. The photos on this page are from Larry Adler's personal collection ...

Monday, May 29, 2017

1941 ~ Dance Hall

 In 1941 Carole starred in the 20th Century Fox musical Dance Hall, She plays a Lily Brown, beautiful lounge singer who helps a songwriter and falls in love with her boss. The cast includes Carole's close friend Cesar Romero, June Storey, and William Henry. Carole sings several songs including "There's Something In The Air" and "There's A Lull In My Life". Dance Hall has been released on DVD and you can watch some scenes from the movie here ...

Friday, May 26, 2017

1947 ~ Out Of The Blue

In 1947 Carole starred in the comedy Out Of The Blue. She plays Mae Earthleigh, a housewife who bosses her husband around and causes problems for her neighbors. The cast includes Virginia Mayo, George Brent, Turhan Bey, and Ann Dvorak. This was the final film Carole made in the Hollywood. You can watch the entire movie here ...

With George Brent

                                                                             With Virginia Mayor and Turhan Bey

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

1940 ~ One Million B.C.

In 1940 Carole starred in the prehistoric adventure One Million B.C. Carole is Loana, a beautiful cave girl who falls in love with a cave man from another tribe. This was the first movie she made after signing with Hal Roach studios. Victor Mature plays a rough cave man named Tumak who must learn to get along with Loana's tribe. They also costarred in I Wake Up Screaming and My Gal Sal. Carole does not speak one line of dialogue in the entire movie. There is a narrator but the actors only grunt and gesture. The cast includes Lon Chaney Jr, Conrad Nagel, and John Hubbard. Carole got the role of Loana because she looked best running in the skimpy costume. This was her first leading role in a big budget film.

One Million B.C. was filmed in California and Nevada from November 1939 until early 1940. Special effects were used to make small lizards look like prehistoric animals. Hal Roach and his son Hal Roach Jr. directed the movie after D.W. Griffith quit. During filming Carole started a brief romance with Hal Roach Jr. The movie's tagline was "UNBELIEVABLE! The World at the Dawn of Time!". One Million B.C. was released on April 5, 1940 and it was re-released as "Cave Man" in 1952. The movie was remade in 1966 with Raquel Welch and John Richardson. One Million B.C. was a hit and all the publicity made Carole a star. Despite bad reviews it got two Academy Award nominations (special effects and musical score).

With Victor Mature