I Wake Up Screaming (1941)

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In 1941 Carole costarred in the film noir I Wake Up Screaming. She plays Vicky Lynn, an ambitious starlet who is killed by a mystery man. Carole was under contract at 20th Century Fox when she made the movie. Betty Grable plays Vicky's sister Jill who must solve her murder. She and Betty had also played sisters in Moon Over Miami but they did not get along with each other. One day on the set Betty upset Carole by reading a bad review she had gotten out loud. I Wake Up Screaming was filmed at Fox Studios in Los Angeles from July 21 until August 25, 1941. It was the first film noir that Fox had produced. The cast includes Victor Mature, Laird Cregar, Elisha Cook Jr, and Allyn Joslyn. Carole and Victor had been good friends since they costarred in One Million B.C.

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Carole, Betty Grable, and Victor Mature

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Carole and Allyn Joslyn

The movie was directed by H. Bruce Humberstone. It was based on the novel by Steve Fisher. The original title was "Hot Spot" and it was released in England with that name. The costumes were designed by Gwen Wakeling. In the movie Carole sings one song titled "The Things I Love". Before filming began her dentist spilled silver nitrate on her lips so they were blue for three weeks. It didn't affect the movie because it was shot in black and white. I Wake Up Screaming was released on October 31, 1941. The movie was a box-office success and it got great reviews. Carole received third billing and many critics said her haunting performance stole the movie from Betty. The film was remade as Vicki in 1953 with Jean Peters playing Carole's role. 

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Carole wearing costumes designed by Gwen Wakeling

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Carole, Betty Grable, and Laird Cregar


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Carole with Betty Grable

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