Turnabout (1940)

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In 1940 Carole starred in the sex-change comedy Turnabout. This was the second film she made while under contract with Hal Roach. She plays Sally Willows, a frustrated housewife who magically switches bodies with her husband. John Hubbard plays Sally's husband Tim who must act like a woman when an angry genie makes the couple trade places. Since their voices were dubbed in many scenes John and Carole had to learn all of each others lines. She also studied John's mannerisms so she would be believable playing a man trapped in a woman's body. Turnabout was based on the book by Thorne Smith. It was produced and directed by Hal Roach. The cast includes Adolphe Menjou, Mary Astor, Marjorie Main, Donald Meek, and Margaret Roach (Hal Roach's daughter).

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Carole and John Hubbard

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It was filmed in Hollywood from February 19 until March 17 of 1940. Before starting work on the movie Carole lost twenty pounds and had cosmetic surgery on her nose. Her costumes were designed by Royer. Turnabout was released on May 17, 1940. The Legion of Decency originally gave the film an objectionable rating. Censors insisted on changing some controversial scenes before they would let the film be released. Carole brought her boyfriend Willis Hunt and her mother Clara to the premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theater. The movie was a modest hit and Carole got rave reviews for her performance. She later said it was one of her favorite films. Carole and John Hubbard would work together again in Road Show. In 1979 Turnabout was made into a television series starring Sharon Gless and Rick Springfield.

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Joyce Compton, Carole, and Mary Astor


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