Carole Landis was one of Hollywood's most beautiful and beloved actresses. During World War 2 she became a popular pin-up girl and devoted herself to entertaining the troops. Tragically she never found happiness and committed suicide at age twenty-nine.
This tribute to Carole was created by her niece Tammy and her longtime fan Elizabeth. We love Carole and have spent years researching her life. Many of the photos here are from Carole's personal collection.
Having Wonderful Crime (1945)
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.
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.