Funloving 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
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In real life, after sustaining a back injury as a result of an accident while filming The Perils of Pauline (1914), 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 (1923), 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 »
I think that this is one of Betty Hutton's better films, but it has almost been forgotten by many buffs and critics. There is no doubt that a great deal of free licence was taken with the story of Pearl White and her time in the Hollywood serials, but what there is does represent a lot of fun and Betty has a great time playing the "lady on the railroad tracks". I felt Billy de Wolfe (who really could be a great pain in the neck) was excellent in this film and together with the evergreen William Demarest added a great deal to the entertainment. However, no matter how many tries John Lund was given by Paramount he was always very dull, and fares no better in this. The color was excellent, and the music was good, with "I Wish I Didn't Love You So" a standout. If it is available , it is worth another look.
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