Thursday, May 14, 2015

Carole's Suit From Four Jills In A Jeep

In 2013 I bought a two piece suit that Carole Landis wore in the film Four Jills In A Jeep. It was sold at Julien's Hollywood Legends auction. The suit was designed by Yvonne Wood. Four Jills In A Jeep was released on March 17, 1944. Carole wrote the book the movie was based on and played herself.

Phil Silvers, Kay Francis, and Carole

 Kay Francis, Martha Raye, and Carole

Here is a clip of Carole wearing the suit ...

Having Wonderful Crime

In 1945 Carole starred in the screwball comedy Having Wonderful Crime. She is Helene Justus, a ditzy newlywed who gets involved in a murder mystery while on her honeymoon. Fox loaned her to RKO to make the movie. George Murphy plays Helene's husband Jake Justus who helps her solve a crime involving a missing magician and a check for $50,000. She and George also costarred in the 1942 comedy The Powers Girl. The cast includes Pat O'Brien, Chili Williams, and Lenore Aubert. Carole was close friends with Pat O'Brien and his wife Eloise. She and Pat had worked together before in This Woman Is Dangerous and Secret Command. Having Wonderful Crime was based on the book by Craig Rice. 
The movie was directed by Carole's friend Eddie Sutherland who would later be a pallbearer at her funeral. The costumes were designed by Edward Stevenson. Having Wonderful Crime was made as a low budget B-movie. It was filmed on location in Del Monte, Carmel, and Malibu Lake. Filming began on April 25, 1944 and ended on July 1. During this time Carole was having marital problems and she was hospitalized after a suicide attempt. Having Wonderful Crime was released on April 12, 1945. The tagline for the film was "When a body meets a body...in a trunk". Unfortunately the movie was not a box-office hit. Although it got mostly bad reviews some critics said that Carole gave one of her best performances.

Lenore Aubert and Carole

Pat O'Brien, Carole, and George Murphy

Lenore Aubert and Carole 

Pat O'Brien, George Murphy, and Carole

George Murphy, Carole, and Pat O'Brien

Courtesy of Joe

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Magazine Clippings

Carole was one of the most talked about actresses in Hollywood! Here are some vintage magazine clippings about her ...

The Powers Girl

In 1943 Carole starred in the comedy The Powers Girl. She plays an aspiring model who must help her sister after she loses her job. The cast includes Anne Shirley, George Murphy, and Dennis Day. Carole's gowns were designed by Adrian.

George Murphy and Carole

Anne Shirley and Carole

George Murphy and Carole

George Murphy and Carole