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The Perils of Pauline (1947)

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

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Mr. Timmy Timmons
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Julia Gibbs
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Mr. Joe Gurt
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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 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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Biography | Comedy

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4 July 1947 (USA)  »

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Los peligros de Paulina  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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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 »

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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 »

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Referenced in Heart & Soul: The Life and Music of Frank Loesser (2006) 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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Overlooked Betty Hutton film is biography of serial queen Pearl White...
27 May 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Pearl White was a serial queen of the B films of the silent period and this is a take on her life--a humorous one, tailored of course to suit Betty Hutton's style of clowning.

The story begins with Hutton working in a sweat shop and doing one of her frantic song routines before she lands a part with a traveling repertory company where she falls for conceited leading actor John Lund. Lund plays straight man for Hutton's mugging and one scene in particular will have you laughing out loud as Hutton--drenched from the rain--attempts to recite her next line without sneezing. He proves an excellent co-star.

Adding to the merriment is Constance Collier as a wise, veteran stage actress who attempts to teach Pearl the tricks of the trade. Billy de Wolfe and William Demarest add to the fun and there are some nice tunes by Frank Loesser.

Definitely one of Betty Hutton's better pictures, tuneful, brightly technicolored and a good showcase for her talent.


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