The Perils of Pauline (1947)

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The real life story of actress Pearl White during her rise to fame in silent serials.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Farrington
Mr. Timmy Timmons
George 'Mac' McGuire
Julia Gibbs
Mr. Joe Gurt
Western Saloon Set Hero
Comic Chef
Paul Panzer ...
Drawing Room Gent
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


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 <>

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Biography | Comedy


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Release Date:

4 July 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los peligros de Paulina  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. However, because of legal complications, this particular title was not included in the original television package; as it turned out, the copyright was apparently not renewed, the film fell into public domain, and is now handled by a multitude of distributors. See more »


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 »


Referenced in Heart & Soul: The Life and Music of Frank Loesser (2006) See more »


Poppa, Don't Preach To Me
(1947) (uncredited)
Written by Frank Loesser
Sung by Betty Hutton at her Paris nightclub
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A Pearl in Betty's career
1 August 2004 | by (Adelaide Australia) – See all my reviews

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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