The Star SAG lost!!!

You may have seen this recent obituary in the trades or on the Internet.

Posted: Thu., Apr. 26, 2012, 10:09am PT

Actress Carol Adams dies at 94

Appeared in ‘Our Gang’ shorts, Westerns

Actress Carol Adams, who appeared in some 50 features, starring at times with Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, died April 9 in West Hollywood of natural causes. She was 94.She was born Lurline Uller in Los Angeles and was discovered at age 5 while playing in her aunt’s yard near the corner of Sunset and Gower, where Christie Film Co. had established the first movie studio in Hollywood itself.
She made a small appearance as a flower girl in the Dorothy Devore picture “Navy Blues” (1923), beginning a 20-year career in the industry.Uller appeared in “Sparrows” (1926), with Mary Pickford, and “Fireman Save My Child” (1927), with Wallace Beery, and she also appeared in silent comedy shorts in the “Our Gang,” “Buster Brown” and “Mickey McGuire” (Mickey Rooney) series while training with the Meglin Kiddies.In 1929 she honed her dancing skills alongside a very young Francis Gumm (Judy Garland) in the Hollywood Starlets.
In her teens she performed song and dance on vaudeville stages across California and later did bit parts in films at Paramount and Fox. She was eventually rediscovered at age 18 while dancing in a show at the Pantages Theatre and signed to a two-year contract at 20th Century Fox. She began appearing in “college” musicals, which led to roles in better pictures.Uller worked steadily, appearing in more than 30 films during this period, including four Mr. Moto outings as well as “The Big Broadcast of 1938,” “Sally, Irene and Mary” and “Rose of Washington Square.”By age 20, she was under contract to Paramount, where she was renamed Carol Adams, and moved into larger, credited roles in “Dancing on a Dime,” “Ice Capades” and “Sis Hopkins.” In 1941 Republic Pictures signed her, and she starred alongside legendsGene Autry in “Ridin’ on a Rainbow” and Roy Rogers in “Bad Man of Deadwood.”
In 1944 Adams appeared in several of James Roosevelt’s “Soundies” (coin-operated precursors to musicvideos) including “Rhythm on the River,” “Juke Box Joe’s,” “Swing It, Mr. Schubert” and “Doin’ the Hotfoot.”The same year, Adams toured as a featured dancer with the company of “George White’s Scandals.” She also toured with a variety show headlined by the Ritz Brothers comedy team.In 1944 Adams married Richard J. Pearl, a studio executive who later became head of the art department at Paramount and Columbia.She is survived by a son, a daughter, six granddaughters and seven great-grandchildren.Contact Variety Staff at


Here is Ms. Adams IMDB and a couple of photos.

Carol Adams (II) (1918–2012)


Began on screen in bit parts as a dancer and chorus girl, before graduating to ingénue roles in the 1940’s.

Known For

Cast (in credits order) verified as complete
Gene Autry Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette Frog
Mary Lee Patsy Evans
Carol Adams Sally Bartlett


Hide HideActress (20 titles)
1944 Ever Since Venus
Dancer (uncredited)

1942 Blondie Goes to College
Collegian (uncredited)

1941 Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc.
Nurse [Ch.14] (uncredited)

1941 Bad Man of Deadwood
Linda Barrett

1941 Ice-Capades

1941 The Gay Vagabond

1941 Sis Hopkins

1941 Ridin’ on a Rainbow
Sally Bartlett

1940 Behind the News
Radio Broadcast Secretary (uncredited)

1940 Love Thy Neighbor
Showgirl (uncredited)

1940 Dancing on a Dime
Polly Adams

1940 The Quarterback
Girl in Grandstand (uncredited)

1940 The House Across the Bay
Chorus Girl (uncredited)

1939 Rose of Washington Square
Minor Role (uncredited)

1938 Sally, Irene and Mary
Dancer (uncredited)

1938 The Big Broadcast of 1938
Chorus Girl (uncredited)

1937 Love and Hisses
Dancer (uncredited)

1937 The Life of the Party
Dancer (uncredited)

1937 New Faces of 1937
Dancer (uncredited)

1937 In Old Chicago
Minor Role (uncredited)

Alternate Names:

Lurline Uller

Here are a couple of photos of this lovely lady.

Carol Adams

Ms. Adams, front row far left, at an actors reunion. a few years ago.


After Ms. Adams’ passing, the family contacted SAG with the news. Well, you can imagine their surprise and dismay when they were informed that SAG had no record of her membership even though the family furnished her SAG number from 1937.

SAG promised to do a little more investigation and get back to the family, but has yet to do so.  They are disappointed as they had hoped to get Ms. Adam’s photo included in the Academy Awards  “In Memoriam” segment.

Look, obviously Ms. Adam’s was not a major star. but she did star in a few movies and was one of the early pioneers of the newly formed Screen Actors Guild.  As such, she should at the least be acknowledged by her union and fellow actors.

The Ol’ Watchdog was contacted by the family in hopes that I might be able to help.  Now, I know we have a lot of very knowledgeable readers out there.  If any of you have any advice, or can help the family in their quest, please contact them at

Many Thanks


The Ol’ SAG Watchdog

* We recently lost another star from the same era