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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...
The Perils of Pauline -- Pearl White who works in a sweatshop gets her chance to act which leads to the silent movies.

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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 »
Genre:
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 »
User Reviews:
A Pearl in Betty's career See more (28 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 (based on a story by)

Produced by
Sol C. Siegel .... producer
 
Original Music by
Robert Emmett Dolan (music score)
 
Cinematography by
Ray Rennahan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Arthur P. Schmidt (edited by) (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 (uncredited)
Herbert Coleman .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
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 (uncredited)
Polly Burson .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Joseph J. Lilley .... vocal arrangements
Troy Sanders .... music 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 .... scene staged by (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
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G (Ontario) | Finland:S | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #12134)

Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
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Soundtrack:
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A Pearl in Betty's career, 1 August 2004
Author: dougandwin from Adelaide Australia

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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