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 ...

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 ...

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


1948 ~ Noose (The Silk Noose)

In 1948 Carole starred in the murder mystery Noose (also known as The Silk Noose). It was filmed in England. She plays Linda Medbury, an American reporter who investigates a racketeer. The cast includes Joseph Calleia, Derek Farr, and Ruth Nixon. Noose was the final film Carole made before her death. You can watch the entire movie here ...

With Derek Farr and Joseph Calleia