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The Perils of Pauline (1947)

Approved | | Biography, Comedy, Musical | 4 July 1947 (USA)
The real life story of actress Pearl White during her rise to fame in silent serials.

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

P.J. Wolfson (screenplay), Frank Butler (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Betty Hutton ... Pearl White
John Lund ... Michael Farrington
Billy De Wolfe ... Mr. Timmy Timmons
William Demarest ... George 'Mac' McGuire
Constance Collier ... Julia Gibbs
Frank Faylen ... Mr. Joe Gurt
William Farnum ... Western Saloon Set Hero
Chester Conklin ... Comic Chef
Paul Panzer ... Drawing Room Gent
'Snub' Pollard ... Western Saloon Set Propman (as Snub Pollard)
James Finlayson ... Comic Chef
Creighton Hale ... Marcelled Leading Man
Hank Mann ... Comic Chef
Francis McDonald ... Western Saloon Set Heavy
Bert Roach ... Western Saloon Set Bartender
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Storyline

Fun loving Pearl White, working in a garment sweatshop, gets her big chance when she "opens" for a delayed Shakespeare play...with a comic vaudeville performance. Her brief stage career leads her into those "horrible" moving pictures, where she comes to love the chaotic world of silent movies, becoming queen of the serials. But the consequences of movie stardom may be more than her leading man can take. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Untold Story of the Life and Loves of the First Great Thrill Star of the Screen!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los peligros de Paulina See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Many actors who were in Pearl White's movies had roles in this film: Paul Panzer played the villain in the original serial, The Perils of Pauline (1914); Creighton Hale was the hero in White's serial The Exploits of Elaine (1914); William Farnum came out of retirement to play himself, appearing in the same costume he wore in Riders of the Purple Sage (1918). In addition, Louis J. Gasnier, who directed the original film (The Perils of Pauline (1914)), was a technical advisor on this film. See more »

Goofs

In real life, after sustaining a back injury as a result of an accident while filming The Perils of Pauline, Pearl White used a stunt-double, although this was never publicized until after he himself died as a result of an accident during the making of Plunder, at which time the truth came out, and Pearl retired from films and moved to Paris, where she died in 1938 as a result of a liver ailment, alcoholism and drugs. In the film, Pearl's accident occurs on the Paris stage after her film career was over, and we are led to believe that now, unable to walk, she lived happily ever after with her fictitious husband. See more »

Quotes

George 'Mac' McGuire: [They have just learned that the President is to declare war on Germany] How do you like that? Everything happens to me! War! They couldn't hold off until after the wedding? No. They gotta do it now and gum up everything.
Pearl White: War... but it's horrible.
George 'Mac' McGuire: You said it. Now we gotta re-write the last six episodes!
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Crazy Credits

[Prologue during a silent recreation of a Pauline Peril]

WILL PAULINE AGAIN ESCAPE CERTAIN DEATH?

See Next Episode of "The Perils of Pauline" Friday at this Theatre

Although this was thirty years ago, we assure you that Pauline DID escape. Week after week, our heroine, portrayed by Pearl White, defied death and foiled the dastardly villains who always pursued her. She HAD to -- on account of the next episode. But let's start at the beginning. . . . . . See more »

Connections

References Teddy at the Throttle (1917) See more »

Soundtracks

Poor Pauline
(1914) (uncredited)
Written by Charles McCarron and Raymond Walker
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A sparkling Betty Hutton and supporting cast in a very entertaining movie
24 April 2005 | by jim-1140See all my reviews

OK, so this film was never going to be nominated for an Oscar, but for plain entertainment value it has to get 10 out of 10. Although historically inaccurate; this film about the silent movie queen Pearl White, is the perfect showcase for the effervescent Betty Hutton's remarkable talents. The difference in singing style between the gentle 'I Wish I Didn't Love You So' and the bulldozer of a number 'Rumble, Rumble, Rumble' just goes to show how versatile she is as a singer. In the film she plays an actress of rather limited ability, which is very far from the truth. Betty Hutton was a great actress in her day; a far better actress than she was given credit for. Betty Hutton is still alive and living in Palm Springs. I love her dearly and wish her the very best of health and happiness.


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