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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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


References Teddy at the Throttle (1917) See more »


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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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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