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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:

The Perils of Pauline 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

According to an article in the 12 May 1946 edition of the New York Times, Betty Hutton did all her own stunts in this film. See more »

Goofs

In real life, Pearl began making films for Powers Pictures, then went to Pathé, where she made most of her serials, and to Crystal, where she made a long succession of comedy shorts; in the film, she works for Artcraft, which did not even exist when Pearl began in 1910. 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 The Perils of Pauline (1914) See more »

Soundtracks

Rumble, Rumble, Rumble
(1947) (uncredited)
Written by Frank Loesser
Sung by Betty Hutton in a theater
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The Perils of Public Domain
2 March 2013 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

this movie is anything but a bio of Pearl White. In fact, aside from a brief re-enactment – at the wrong speed, which makes the sequence look ludicrous rather than funny – of one of Pearl's death-defying stunts on a fast-moving train engine, there is very little in the movie that captures even a feel for Hollywood in the period from 1910 (White's first film) to 1923. Most of Pearl's film were serials, although there were a few features along the way, including her final offering, The Terror, made in France in 1924. Betty Hutton plays Pearl with her usual enthusiasm – no "enthusiasm" is the wrong word. Betty attacks the character with her usual vigor, while William Demarest and Constance Collier do their best to follow Betty's lead. John Lund, however, seems all at sea and plays his role with an air of bewilderment that is sometimes appropriate, sometimes not. And alas, the color on the current DVD, whilst acceptable, signally lacks the real Technicolor gloss and black velvet shading.


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