Carol Forman

Carol Forman

  • Highest Rated: 100% Desperate (1947)
  • Lowest Rated: 100% Desperate (1947)
  • Birthday: Jun 19, 1918
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • "I liked being the heavy," Carol Forman stated in 1984. "Not everyone can be as convincing as I am." And it was as a "heavy" -- or rather as "Queen of Serial Villainesses" -- that this brunette starlet will be remembered. The former Carolyn Rawls earned a contract with RKO after essaying a bit part as a rather disagreeable employment adviser in From This Day Forward (1946) and she was henceforth typecast as vixens. RKO, however, foolishly let her go after a couple of B-Westerns and, freelancing, she embarked on her legendary career as a pulp fiction menace playing the title role in The Black Widow, a 1947 action serial that she completely stole from phlegmatic star Bruce Edwards and nominal heroine Virginia Lindley. Columbia's 15-chapter Brick Bradford (1947), starring Kane Richmond and featuring Forman as nasty Queen Khana followed, and if the role was little more than a bit, the opportunity led to her being cast as The Spider Lady in the studio's Superman (1948). This time, she stole a reducer ray gun that eventually proved something of a boomerang. Kirk Alyn starred as the man of steel and they were re-teamed by Republic in Federal Agents vs. Underworld, Inc. (1949), he playing a G-Man and she portraying Nila, a rather homicidal femme fatale with a desire to dominate the world through crime. She appeared opposite Alyn a third and final time in Columbia's Blackhawk (1952), but by then the serial era was coming to a close and budgets were plummeting. In between the chapterplays, Forman portrayed equally unsavory characters in a couple of B-movies, including Docks of New Orleans (1948), a Charlie Chan entry from Monogram, and did her fair share of television: The Cisco Kid, 77 Sunset Strip, and The Files of Jeffrey Jones. Retiring to marry television director William Dennis, Forman returned to the limelight in the 1980s as a popular guest speaker at various classic film festivals.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

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Office

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No Score Yet By the Light of the Silvery Moon Dangerous Dora 1953
No Score Yet Blackhawk Laska 1952
No Score Yet Brothers in the Saddle Flora Trigby 1949
No Score Yet Superman 'Spider Lady' 1948
No Score Yet Honeymoon Nurse 1947
No Score Yet Code of the West Milly 1947
100% Desperate Mrs. Roberts 1947
No Score Yet The Black Widow Sombra 1947
No Score Yet San Quentin Ruthie 1946
No Score Yet Nocturne Receptionist 1946
No Score Yet The Falcon's Adventure Helen 1946
No Score Yet Under the Tonto Rim Juanita 1928

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