By Eric Gans
Despite showing in twenty-eight video clips in little over a decade, Carole Landis (1919-1948) by no means really turned the most important Hollywood megastar her onscreen presence must have afforded her. even if she acted in such enduring movies as A Scandal in Paris and Moon over Miami, she was once frequently relegated to aiding roles. even if she performed the most important position in a function, as she did in The Powers Girl and the movie noir I get up Screaming!, she was once billed moment or 3rd in the back of different actors.
This biography lines Landis's existence, chronicling her beginnings as a dance corridor entertainer in San Francisco, her occupation in Hollywood and overseas, her USO performances, and eventually her suicide. utilizing interviews with actors who labored with Landis, modern motion picture magazines and journals, and correspondence, biographer Eric Gans finds a sad determine whose lifestyles used to be all too short.
Landis's massive holiday got here in 1940 with Hal Roach's One Million B.C. She seemed in 13 20th Century-Fox photos among 1941 and 1946. In 1942-43, Landis entertained troops in England and North Africa within the in basic terms all-female USO journey. The journey resulted in her memoir, Four Jills in a Jeep, and a Fox motion picture of a similar identify. After her final American movie in 1947, she accomplished tasks in England whereas having an affair with married actor Rex Harrison. laid low with a love which can no longer result in matrimony and depressed approximately getting older, she took a deadly drug overdose on July five, 1948.
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According to Kirk Crivello, Carole was an extra in the chorus of the Warner film The King and the Chorus Girl, in production 31 32 FIRST YEARS IN HOLLYWOOD (1937–1939) between November and December 1936, although she cannot be identified on the screen. Her claimed appearances as an extra in Universal Artists’ A Star is Born and MGM’s A Day at the Races, also produced in late 1936 and early 1937, must also be taken on faith; there is no unambiguous sign of her in these films. At Warner Brothers, Busby Berkeley was known for his preference for pretty girls.
Shortly afterward, the club was taken over by an entity called the Kamehameha Corporation, after the founder of Hawaii’s royal dynasty, and reopened as the Royal Hawaiian, a name it shared with a major Honolulu hotel. ” Ellis was formerly a hat-check girl at a similar establishment, the Cairo Club, where in February 1935 she was a witness to the death of IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA (1935–1937) 27 an army major allegedly pushed down a long flight of stairs by the club’s bouncers, who were eventually acquitted of manslaughter.
There are records of Carole’s appearance in seventy-nine radio broadcasts, and she probably appeared in many more; her wit and warm voice made her particularly effective in this medium. The one activity Carole was employed in extensively at Warners’ was “leg art,” a term of the era for what is better known as cheesecake photography. As Carole described her stay at Warner Brothers, perhaps a bit facetiously, “I couldn’t act for sour apples . . ” There exist a good number of generally rather discreet “leg art,” mostly bathing-suit photographs of Carole, from this period.