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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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Taglines:

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


Certificate:

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Details

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

The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the 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: [on learning that the war is over] How do you like that? Everything happens to me! I just get the war going good, and now they they call it off! Get the writers. We gotta write the war out.
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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

Featured in TCM Guest Programmer: U.S. Critics (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

I Wish I Didn't Love You So
(1947) (uncredited)
Written by Frank Loesser
Played during the opening credits and often as background music
Sung by Betty Hutton at Millick's
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This IS Her Very Best!!
10 April 2001 | by timmaukSee all my reviews

Never was Betty Hutton so funny, charming and sweet. Never have I enjoyed a movie so much. This has some nice songs too.

This is NOT your typical Bio-Pic. This has an entertaining storyline with some great comedic moments, with help from the supporting cast, and what a cast. You have some of the best here, Billy DeWolfe, William Demarest and Constance Collier. John Lund is the love interest here and it is perfect casting. He plays the perfect straightman for Betty. The songs here are not classics, but enjoyable. I still catch myself singing the "Sew Machine" song or "Papa Don't Preach To Me".

This movie flows through it's 96 minutes so you never feel like it is never going to end. The end is pure Hollywood, so don't expect true reality here. All in all, it is a terrific musical from one of Hollywood's best comedians. Thanks Betty!!


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