Janis Carter’s movie career lasted about a dozen years, from the early 1940s until the mid-1950s. During that time she appeared in films at several Hollywood studios; though the majority of those years were under contract at Columbia. She initially set out to be an opera singer and wound up singing on Broadway which brought her to the attention of a Hollywood mogul. However, by the time she was landing lead roles at Columbia, she was not exactly used for her musical skills.
Janis appeared in quite a few crime dramas during the war years, when Columbia had several mystery series in production. For instance, she costarred with Richard Dix in one of the Whistler movies; then was assigned to work with Chester Morris in a BostonBlackie picture; and this was followed by a role opposite Gerald Mohr in a retooled version of The Lone Wolf. These were hardly challenging roles, but Janis made the most of them.
When she was not cast in crime pictures, the actress was typically featured as a second lead in comedies headlined by bigger name actresses. She supported Lucille Ball, Barbara Hale and Rosalind Russell in these films. Sometimes she was loaned out and fared a little better. She wrapped up her Columbia contract in 1951 with a lead opposite Randolph Scott in the hit western SANTA FE.
After her days at the studio were over, Janis freelanced for a while. But by 1953 she was done with movies and went back east. She found jobs on live television programs and also found stage work. Then she married and decided to give her career up for love.
- the mark of the whistler (1944); columbia; crime; richard dix; 60 mins.
- one mysterious night (1944); columbia; crime; chester morris; 61 mins.
- the ghost that walks alone (1944); columbia; comedy; arthur lake; 63 mins.
- the fighting guardsman (1945); columbia; adventure; anita louise; 84 mins.
- the notorious lone wolf (1946); columbia; crime; gerald mohr; 64 mins.
- framed (1947); columbia; crime; glenn ford; 82 mins.
- slightly french (1949); columbia; comedy; dorothy lamour; 81 mins.
- and baby makes three (1950); columbia; comedy; barbara hale; 83 mins.
- a woman of distinction (1950); columbia; comedy; rosalind russell; 85 mins.
- santa fe (1951); columbia; western; randolph scott; 87 mins.