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The Perils of Pauline (1947)

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

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Michael Farrington
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Mr. Timmy Timmons
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George 'Mac' McGuire
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Julia Gibbs
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Mr. Joe Gurt
William Farnum ...
Western Saloon Set Hero
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Comic Chef
Paul Panzer ...
Drawing Room Gent
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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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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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4 July 1947 (USA)  »

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Los peligros de Paulina  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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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 »

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Poppa, Don't Preach To Me
(1947) (uncredited)
Written by Frank Loesser
Sung by Betty Hutton at her Paris nightclub
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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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