Chili Williams — The Polka-Dot Girl

    We recently received a series of photographs depicting a USO troupe on the job in what looks like the South Pacific during WW II. The donor is researching the photos, and needs assistance in naming the entertainers comprising the troupe. The "headliners" would seem to be actor Jack Carson (1910-1963) and Chili. Carson was a flexible-faced vaudevillian who made the jump to movies in 1937, and was known for playing numerous supporting roles in comedies, musicals, and dramas. He was known as the "The King of the Double-Take" and was being groomed as Warner Bros.' answer to Bob Hope. During the war, he starred in The Strawberry Blonde (1941); The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941), with James Cagney and Bette Davis; Arsenic and Old Lace (1944); Make Your Own Bed (1944), with Jane Wyman; and The Doughgirls (1944). His most famous role was as Wally Fay in Mildred Pierce, with Joan Crawford (1945). He went on to host two popular TV variety shows in the early 1950s, "The Colgate Comedy Hour" and "All-Star Revue." He even had his own show, the short-lived "Jack Carson Show," in 1954.

    If you can identify the other members of Carson's USO Troupe pictured below, please contact the Webmaster.

Above: Jack Carson (center) and Chili (the girl immediately to his left) would seem to be the centerpiece
of this troupe of entertainers. The location may be the South Pacific. Do you know them?

Above: The three bathing beauties who accompianed Chili. Can you ID them?

Above: Chili, left, and three girlfriends work the chowline at this unidentified base.

Above: All eyes are on the new serving girl, Chili herself.

Above: This snapshot looks like it was taken during a tour of the base.

Above: Jack Carson again dominates the center of this photo. Chili is at extreme left.

Above: This anonymous slice of 40s cheesecake sure pretties up a drab ole Navy PBY
Catalina flying boat. If you can name her, send a message to the Webmaster.

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