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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
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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:
Not The Genuine Pearl 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)
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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
 
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Runtime:
96 min
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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, after sustaining a back injury as a result of an accident while filming The Perils of Pauline (1914), 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 (1923), 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 »
Movie Connections:
References Teddy at the Throttle (1917)See more »
Soundtrack:
Poor PaulineSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Not The Genuine Pearl, 19 September 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Perils Of Pauline is reputedly a biographical film about the Queen of the silent serials Pearl White as played by Betty Hutton. Of course any resemblance to the real life of Pearl White is strictly coincidental. The real Pearl White (1889-1938) led a very tragic life with several marriages, injuries as a result of her doing her own stunts when she was younger, and dying an alcoholic's death in Paris with her life savings pretty much spent due to booze and medical bills.

Hardly the kind of story that Paramount would want to have brought to the screen, so they made up a story about Pearl White and cast Betty Hutton in it. If The Perils Of Pauline is not the Pearl White story, it is a good vehicle for Betty Hutton to show off her talents.

Case in point the first number in the show the Sewing Machine Song which Hutton does while working in a sweatshop run in Brooklyn by the appropriately accented Frank Faylen. White never saw Brooklyn, she was from Missouri and got into show business with traveling stock companies in the Midwest. Still it's a great number for Betty Hutton.

Frank Loesser wrote the score for The Perils Of Pauline and his song I Wish I Didn't Love You So got the film an Academy Award nomination for Best Song. This beautiful and plaintive ballad which was introduced on screen by Betty Hutton, earned Dick Haymes a best selling record on the Decca label. Sadly this song lost to Uncle Remus and Zip-Pa-Dee-Do-Dah from Walt Disney's Song Of The South. That decision should have sent Frank Loesser screaming about how he was robbed. As for those who think that Betty Hutton only did raucous comedy numbers, watching this film should set them straight.

The film was also a follow-up role for John Lund who had been introduced the year before in To Each His Own. As a lead, Lund was pretty bland and settled back into character parts for most of his career. He plays an egotistical ham actor heading the theatrical company that Hutton joins. He's so arrogant I can't see why Hutton wasted her time with him. Constance Collier has the best part as the old stage actress who befriends and encourages Hutton. Billy DeWolfe was part of the theatrical troupe that Hutton joined and he was his usual good self. They all wind up on the silent screen after Pearl gets her big break.

This film is an absolute must for fans of Betty Hutton, a great technicolor musical from Paramount's golden years.

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