Hughes was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Charles, an upholsterer, and Mable Hukill (née Stift). Both of her parents were born in Chicago; her mother's grandparents were from Germany. She was raised in a rented house at 2122 Pearl Court in Chicago along with a cousin, Pearl Hukill. As a teenager, she was drawn to acting and participated in school plays. At the age of 14, she began acting and dancing in short musical comedies with an Oshkosh stock company. The following year, she appeared as Katie Conway in the Conway Sisters team, having learned to sing and play piano. In the late 1920s, she teamed with Frank Faylen to form the comedy dancing and singing team of Faylen and Hughes in which she played the "dumb girl" Kitty Hughes. In 1928, the 18-year-old Hughes married Frank Faylen. By the early 1930s, they were performing together in stock and vaudeville shows throughout Illinois and Wisconsin.In 1935, Hughes and Faylen moved to Hollywood to attempt movie careers. Hughes began her film career playing bit parts in George White's 1935 Scandals (1935) and Ceiling Zero (1936). After being signed on as a contract player by Warner Bros. in 1936, her first name was changed to Carol and she began to appear in credited speaking roles, mostly in B movies. By 1937, she was appearing in leading roles in films such as Meet the Boy Friend, Marry the Girl, Renfrew of the Royal Mounted, and The Westland Case. In 1938, Hughes transitioned to Western films appearing opposite Gene Autry in Gold Mine in the Sky (1938), Man from Music Mountain (1938), and Under Fiesta Stars (1941), and opposite Roy Rogers in Under Western Stars (1938). In 1940, she landed one of her best-known roles as Dale Arden in Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940).Throughout the early 1940s, Hughes appeared in leading roles in Top Sergeant Mulligan (1941), The Miracle Kid (1941), My Son, the Hero (1943), She's for Me (1943), and The Beautiful Cheat (1945). As the decade progressed, however, she appeared increasingly in minor roles in films such as The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947), Every Girl Should Be Married (1948), and Mighty Joe Young (1949). In 1947, Hughes returned to the stage to perform in Trouble for Rent.Hughes made brief returns to Western films in leading roles in Home in Oklahoma (1946) with Roy Rogers, and Stagecoach Kid (1949) with Tim Holt—the latter film featured her last major screen role. Minor roles followed in D.O.A. (1950) and Scaramouche (1952). In the last years of her film career, Hughes appeared mainly in RKO film shorts and one television series episode.Hughes' husband Frank Faylen continued working as a character actor in films and television through the 1970s. He appeared in supporting roles in numerous films, including The Pride of the Yankees (1942), The Lost Weekend (1945), Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946) in the role of Ernie the cabdriver, Road to Rio (1948), Gunfight at the OK Corral (1965), and Funny Girl (1968). He is best-known today for playing the father Herbert T. Gillis in the television series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959-1963). Hughes and Faylen raised two daughters, Catherine (or Kay) and Carol, both of whom became actresses. Their daughter Kay was the first wife of Regis Philbin. Their daughter Carol appeared in the television series Leave It to Beaver (1962–1963) and The Bing Crosby Show (1964–1965). Hughes and Faylen remained married for 57 years until his death in 1985. Hughes died on August 8, 1995, in Burbank, California, at the age of 85. She is buried next to her husband in San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California.
Movies & TV shows
Pardon My Wrench
Gil Lamb finds his chief competitor helping his girl friend's father with some household work. When George tells Andy he can not install the garbage disposal, the daughter, in order to help Gil make a...
Gil Lamb, window washer at the "Daily Record" has aspirations of becoming a reporter and marrying Carol Hughes, the city editor's secretary. When he hears of the disappearance of a town millionaire's ...
In 18th-century France, a young man masquerades as an actor to avenge his friend's murder.
Frank Bigelow is about to die, and he knows it. The accountant has been poisoned and has only 24 hours before the lethal concoction kills him. Determined to find out who his murderer is, Frank, with t...
A film director, in bad standing with his studio, tries to turn a local carnival dancer into a "French" movie star and pass her off as his big new discovery
Crooked ranch foreman Thatcher sends his two henchmen, Parnell and Clint, out to murder his boss, wealthy Peter Arnold who has just arrived to retire on his ranch, bringing in tow his daughter, tomboy...
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
Teenager Susan Turner, with a severe crush on playboy artist Richard Nugent, sneaks into his apartment to model for him and is found there by her sister Judge Margaret Turner. Threatened with jail, Nu...
Joe Palooka, Champ
After losing heavyweight contender Al Costa to mob boss Florini fight promoter Knobby Walsh recruits small town boy Joe Palooka to take his place. First in the series.
Home in Oklahoma
In this Roy Rogers entry, featuring a song written by Oklahoma Governor Roy J. Turner (making him and Lousiania's Jimmie Davis and Texas' W.E. "Pappy" O'Daniel possibly the only state governors to wri...
Pillow to Post
With a war on and most men being drafted, Howard Oil Supply Company has no salesmen left. So daughter Jean hits the road and does not make one sale. She finally gets one tentative sale with the Black ...
The Naughty Nineties
In the gay '90s, cardsharps take over a Mississippi riverboat from a kindly captain. Their first act is to change the showboat into a floating gambling house. A ham actor and his bumbling sidekick try...
The Red Dragon
Chan is faced with suspects in a stolen atomic bomb formula case, that are being killed with bullets that are not fired from a gun.
Greedy traders have kidnapped a researcher, hoping he will reveal the location of a treasure in a hidden village. Family and friends of the researcher come looking for him. Adventure ensues.
The Beautiful Cheat
The title character, played by Bonita Granville, is the secretary at a boys' reformatory. Sociology professor Noah Beery Jr. shows up to study the juvenile-delinquent mindset. Not surprisingly, he end...
My Son, The Hero
Learning that his long-unseen son is soon to arrive for a visit, a small-time con-man enlists the help of his cronies to help him pretend to be a wealthy and important businessman. Comedy.
Lucky Jordan is a gangster living in New York City and when he's drafted into the army, he tries to escape duty by using an old con woman named Annie to convince the draft board he's needed at home. W...
A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob
Steve is a shy quiet man who is an executive for a shipping firm. He meets Dot at the Opera where she had his seats and the next day she shows up as his temporary secretary. Then Coffee Cup comes to t...
Young Scattergood Baines arrives in the small New England town of Coldriver. Through some shrewd business maneuvering, he manages to open up a hardware store. Twenty years later he has become a prospe...
Under Fiesta Stars
Rodeo champ Gene Autry inherits half interest in both a ranch and a mine that provides steady employment for the surrounding rancheros. Unfortunately, the other half goes to Easterner Barbara Erwin (C...
A test pilot and his weather observer develop a "robot" control so airplanes can be flown without pilots, but enemy agents get wind of it and try to steal it or destroy it.
The Miracle Kid
A young boxer finds his life turned upside down when he meets with sudden success in the ring.
Top Sergeant Mulligan
Frank Faylen and Charlie Hall (a longtime Laurel & Hardy foil) star as Dolan and Doolittle, a pair of goofy druggists who join the army to escape the wrath of bill collector Mulligan
I'll Wait for You
'Lucky' Wilson, a smooth, amoral front man working for New York gangster Tony Berolli, gets everything he wants, from the best tables at nightclubs to the most glamourous showgirls. When Berolli think...
When two showgirls decide to leave South America and head for home, they sweet talk the purser of a clipper ship into giving them berths. In the course of the voyage, a band of thieves attempts to tak...
Married and in Love
Two married couples become engulfed in a storm of emotional fury when Doctor Leslie Yates runs into writer Doris Wilding, his old college flame, whom he has not seen in ten years. After reminiscing ab...
The Border Legion
The doctor is wanted by the law in New York. Steve Kells arrives in an area that is controlled by an outlaw gang called the Border Legion. Kells was kidnapped and forced to remove the bullet from the ...
Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
A mysterious plague, the Purple Death, ravages the earth. Dr. Zarkov, investigating in his spaceship, finds a ship from planet Mongo seeding the atmosphere with dust. Sure enough, Ming the Merciless i...
The Day the Bookies Wept
A pigeon breeder is hired to train a racehorse that wins only when it drinks beer. Comedy.
American Terry McKay and French playboyMichel Marnet fall in love during the crossing of the Atlantic. If neither of them has changed their minds, they will be able to come back six months later.
A happily married woman allows her catty friends to talk her into a divorce when her husband strays.
Man from Music Mountain
Scanlon is pulling off a land swindle by selling lots in a ghost town claiming the power company is bringing in a line. As a bonus he throws in shares in a worthless gold mine. Gene is on to Scanlon a...
Gold Mine in the Sky
As executor of the owner's will, singing ranch foreman Gene must see that the daughter/heiress doesn't marry without his approval.
Under Western Stars
Roy was elected to congress in order to bring water to the ranchers in his district. He learns in Washington that he needs the backing of a congressman and that he needs to go west for an inspection. ...
Marry the Girl
Frantic screwball comedy about a meek personal assistant (Frank McHugh) who is promoted to managing editor of a newspaper features syndicate that is owned by and staffed with cuckoos.
The Westland Case
A detective must solve a case where a girl was murdered in a room--and all the doors and windows were locked from the inside.
Renfrew of the Royal Mounted
Counterfeit bills are being printed in Canada and shipped across the border hidden in blocks of ice. When the counterfeiters force engraver Bronson to make a new plate, he inscribes a tiny help messag...
Meet the Boy Friend
A heartthrob singer, Tony Paige, also known as "America's Boyfriend" decides to wed a Swedish actress. His manager doesn't want this because he is afraid of Tony losing female fans so he takes up a 30...
Ready, Willing and Able
Two starving songwriters will only get funding if they get British actress Jane Clarke to star in their show.
The Singing Kid
Neurotic Broadway star Al Jackson faces professional ruin when he loses his voice. While recuperating in the country, he falls in love with farm girl Ruth Haines, the pretty aunt of precocious little ...
A salesman tries to sell a tractor to a customer who hates tractors while falling for the girl.
Three Men on a Horse
A meek salesman with an uncanny ability to pick horses is virtually kidnapped by a trio of gamblers.
A young man allergic to horses decides he has to learn to play polo in order to impress the girl he loves. Comedy.
The Case of the Velvet Claws
Perry and Della are finally married by his old friend, Judge Mary. They plan to go on a honeymoon, but before it can start, Perry is retained by a woman with a gun and $5000.
The Golden Arrow
A fake heiress marries a common reporter to thwart the advances of gold-digging playboys.
A Broadway show is forced to bow to the whims of a talentless,whacky, but rich, Broadway actress with a contract.
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