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The Perils of Pauline -- Funloving Pearl White, working in a garment sweatshop, gets her big chance when she "opens" for a delayed Shakespeare play...

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Director:
Writers:
P.J. Wolfson (screenplay) and
Frank Butler (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
4 July 1947 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The real life story of actress Pearl White during her rise to fame in silent serials. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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(8 articles)
A Century Ago Remembered: From Wwi to Chaplin Comedy
 (From Alt Film Guide. 9 October 2014, 5:50 PM, PDT)

The Forgotten: "Das Geheimschloss" (1914)
 (From MUBI. 20 August 2014, 7:39 PM, PDT)

Hutton Pt.2: From Morgan's Creek to Mature Leading Lady
 (From Alt Film Guide. 9 June 2013, 1:57 AM, PDT)

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Overlooked Betty Hutton film is biography of serial queen Pearl White... See more (26 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Betty Hutton ... Pearl White

John Lund ... Michael Farrington

Billy De Wolfe ... Mr. Timmy Timmons

William Demarest ... George 'Mac' McGuire

Constance Collier ... Julia Gibbs

Frank Faylen ... Mr. Joe Gurt
William Farnum ... Western Saloon Set Hero
Chester Conklin ... Comic Chef
Paul Panzer ... Drawing Room Gent

'Snub' Pollard ... 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
Heinie Conklin ... Studio Cop
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jean Acker ... Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
Ernie Adams ... Western Saloon Set Cowboy (uncredited)
Eric Alden ... Officer (uncredited)
Bea Allen ... Farrington Player (uncredited)
Florence Allen ... Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
George Anderson ... Western Saloon Set Director (uncredited)
Myrtle Anderson ... Black Maid (uncredited)
Gordon Arnold ... Song-and-Dance Man (uncredited)
Sam Ash ... Poster Man (uncredited)
Max Asher ... Comic (uncredited)
Dorothy Barrett ... Girl (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Reporter (uncredited)
Eugene Borden ... French Doctor #1 (uncredited)
Monte Brice ... (uncredited)
Harlan Briggs ... Jake (uncredited)
Anita Brown ... Black Maid (uncredited)
Frances Budd ... Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
George M. Carleton ... Businessman (uncredited)
Kit Carson ... Song-and-Dance Man (uncredited)
Louise Clark ... Black Maid (uncredited)

Ethel Clayton ... Lady Montague in Show (uncredited)
James Clemens ... Poster Man (uncredited)
Chester Clute ... Willie Millick (uncredited)
Helen Crozier ... Black Maid (uncredited)
Sidney D'Albrook ... Reporter (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Exhibitor (uncredited)
Ray De Ravenne ... Callboy (uncredited)

John Deauville ... Assistant Director / Song-and-Dance Man (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Reporter (uncredited)
Tom Dugan ... Balloonist (uncredited)
Jimmie Dundee ... Camera-Car Driver (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Press Party Guest (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Friar John in Show (uncredited)

Julia Faye ... Nurse (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson ... Photographer (uncredited)
Frank Ferguson ... Movie Theatre Owner (uncredited)
Eddie Fetherston ... Jungle Set Cameraman (uncredited)
Margaret Field ... Juliet in Show (uncredited)
Jac Fisher ... Song-and-Dance Man (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Reporter at Reception (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Bonds Barker (uncredited)
Buddy Gorman ... Tomato-Thrower (uncredited)
Kit Guard ... (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Policeman at Switchboard (uncredited)
Harry Hayden ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Len Hendry ... Assistant Director (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Reporter (uncredited)
Betty Hill ... Reporter (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Song-and-Dance Man (uncredited)
Jerry James ... Poster Man / Assistant Cameraman (uncredited)
Eddie Johnson ... Soldier (uncredited)
Myra Jones ... Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Jungle Set Director (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Bond Buyer (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ... Western Saloon Set Cowboy (uncredited)
Louise Lane ... Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
Eddie Laughton ... Reporter (uncredited)
Rex Lease ... Reporter (uncredited)
Peggy Leon ... Reporter (uncredited)
Stella LeSaint ... Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
George Marshall Jr. ... Reporter (uncredited)
Vera Martin ... Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... Reporter at Reception (uncredited)
William Meader ... Assistant Director (uncredited)
John 'Skins' Miller ... Drawing Room Set Cameraman (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Kitchen Set Cameraman (uncredited)
Frances Morris ... McGuire's Secretary (uncredited)
William Moss ... Soldier (uncredited)
Ross Murray ... Song-and-Dance Man (uncredited)
John Mylong ... French Doctor (uncredited)
Noreen Nash ... (uncredited)
Laura R. Parrish ... Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
Byron Poindexter ... (uncredited)
Albert Pollet ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Hal Rand ... Song-and-Dance Man (uncredited)
Renee Randall ... Country Girl (uncredited)
Paula Ray ... Reporter at Reception (uncredited)
Georges Renavent ... French Doctor #2 (uncredited)
John S. Roberts ... Song-and-Dance Man (uncredited)
Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom ... Maxie (uncredited)
Elmer Serrano ... French Chauffeur (uncredited)
Lucille Shamburger ... Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Workman (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Man in Audience (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Troupe Actor (uncredited)
Peter Trado ... Poster Man (uncredited)
John Tyrrell ... Assistant Director (uncredited)
Ernö Verebes ... Drawing Room Set Director (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Exhibitor (uncredited)
Ray Walker ... Armastice Day Set Technician (uncredited)
Bill Wallace ... Cop at Switchboard (uncredited)
Lillian West ... Reporter (uncredited)
Max Willenz ... Johnny Millick (uncredited)
Gloria Williams ... Fainting Woman (uncredited)
Emil Zarak ... Song-and-Dance Man (uncredited)

Directed by
George Marshall 
 
Writing credits
P.J. Wolfson (screenplay) and
Frank Butler (screenplay)

P.J. Wolfson (story)

Produced by
Sol C. Siegel .... producer
 
Original Music by
Robert Emmett Dolan 
 
Cinematography by
Ray Rennahan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Arthur P. Schmidt  (as Arthur Schmidt)
 
Art Direction by
Roland Anderson 
Hans Dreier 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Ray Moyer 
 
Costume Design by
Waldo Angelo (chorus number)
Edith Head (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director
Herbert Coleman .... assistant director (as William H. Coleman)
 
Art Department
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gene Merritt .... sound recordist
Walter Oberst .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Polly Burson .... stunt double: Betty Hutton
Polly Burson .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Joseph J. Lilley .... vocal arranger
Troy Sanders .... musical associate
Charles Bradshaw .... orchestrator (uncredited)
John Leipold .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Andrea Setaro .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Brower .... associate technicolor color director
Billy Daniel .... dance stager (as Billy Daniels)
Louis J. Gasnier .... technical advisor (as Louis Gasnier)
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Lieutennant J.J. Leonard .... balloonist (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Charles W. Goddard .... dedicatee: writer of original serial
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
96 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:G (Ontario) | Finland:S | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #12134)

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Trivia:
The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In real life, Pearl White was married and divorced twice; her second husband committed suicide in 1928, 7 years after their 1921 divorce. In the film, she never marries, although a forthcoming marriage to the fictitious Michael Farrington is implied at the finale, which takes sometime in the mid-1920's.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Teddy at the Throttle (1917)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Sewing MachineSee more »

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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Overlooked Betty Hutton film is biography of serial queen Pearl White..., 27 May 2001
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

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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