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The Perils of Pauline (1947)

 -  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Pearl White
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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
Chester Conklin ...
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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Storyline

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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Biography | Comedy

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4 July 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pauline, laß das Küssen sein  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia

There never was any scene with the heroine tied to railroad tracks in the original The Perils of Pauline (1914). The scene like that in this film is actually a recreation of a scene in a Keystone comedy called Teddy at the Throttle (1917). A similar scene also occurred in an earlier Keystone comedy called Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life (1913). 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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References Teddy at the Throttle (1917) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sewing Machine
(1947) (uncredited)
Written by Frank Loesser
Sung by Betty Hutton in Joe Gurt's sweat shop
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Worth watching!
20 May 2001 | by (hanahan,sc) – See all my reviews

What a remarkably entertaining little film loosely based on the life of silent screen star Pearl White. Betty Hutton gives a lively, sympathetic performance. John Lund is the aloof unemotional object of Pearl's affections. Frank Loesser's score is beautiful. Especially the movie's theme song 'I Wish I Didn't Love You So' which Betty performs so tenderly. This movie deserves mention as a classic. If you get a chance have a look at it. It is fast paced but there time in places for a little fun and sentiment.


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