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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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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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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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Soundtracks

Rumble, Rumble, Rumble
(1947) (uncredited)
Written by Frank Loesser
Sung by Betty Hutton in a theater
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This IS Her Very Best!!
10 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

Never was Betty Hutton so funny, charming and sweet. Never have I enjoyed a movie so much. This has some nice songs too.

This is NOT your typical Bio-Pic. This has an entertaining storyline with some great comedic moments, with help from the supporting cast, and what a cast. You have some of the best here, Billy DeWolfe, William Demarest and Constance Collier. John Lund is the love interest here and it is perfect casting. He plays the perfect straightman for Betty. The songs here are not classics, but enjoyable. I still catch myself singing the "Sew Machine" song or "Papa Don't Preach To Me".

This movie flows through it's 96 minutes so you never feel like it is never going to end. The end is pure Hollywood, so don't expect true reality here. All in all, it is a terrific musical from one of Hollywood's best comedians. Thanks Betty!!


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