The Perils of Pauline

The Perils of Pauline

Betty Hutton
Director: George Marshall Cast: Betty Hutton
Betty Hutton
, John Lund
John Lund
, Constance Collier
Constance Collier
George Marshall


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The third of four films bearing the title of The Perils of Pauline, this musical biopic purports to tell the life story of famed silent serial queen Pearl White. Right at the beginning, however, an introductory title informs the audience that what follows is merely "suggested" by incidents in White's life and career. Translation: The film is a fabrication from beginning to end, but an enjoyable one. Played on all four cylinders by Betty Hutton, White is introduced as a frustrated factory worker who aspires to become a dramatic actress. She joins a touring theatrical troupe managed by handsome but pompous Mike (John Lund), but fame and fortune elude her because she's unable to suppress her natural rambunctiousness. In desperation, White takes a job at a movie studio, where she promptly finds herself in the middle of a slapstick pie fight. With the help of bombastic director Mac (William Demarest), top-hatted villain portrayer Timmy (Billy De Wolfe), and imperious dramatics coach Julia (Constance Collier), Pearl soon becomes world-famous as the star of such cliffhanging, tied-to-the-railroad-tracks serials as The Perils of Pauline (hence the title of this film). At the height of her fame, she arranges for her theatrical mentor Mike to get a job as her leading man, forcing him to swallow his pride and admit that he's been in love with her from the moment he met her. A series of clichéd complications contrive to separate White and Mike, but he returns to her arms when she's seriously injured during a Parisian stage performance. A few fairly credible recreations of silent moviemaking techniques aside, The Perils of Pauline is wildly anachronistic and inaccurate (for one thing, Pearl White made most of her serials in New Jersey rather than Hollywood). As a musical comedy, however, the film passes muster, especially during the performance of such Frank Loesser tunes as "I Wish I Didn't Love You So" and "The Sewing Machine." As a bonus, the film rounds up several silent-movie veterans in cameo roles, including William Farnum, Chester Conklin, Jimmy Finlayson, Creighton Hale, Hank Mann -- and Paul Panzer, who played the sneering villain in the original 1914 Perils of Pauline.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/22/2016
UPC: 0889290261427
Original Release: 1947
Source: Film Detective
Time: 1:36:00
Sales rank: 31,822

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Betty Hutton Pearl White
John Lund Michael Farrington
Constance Collier Julia Gibbs
William Demarest Chuck 'Mac' McGuire
Billy DeWolfe Timmy Timmons
Frank Faylen Joe Gut
Chester Conklin Comic
Paul Panzer Gent, Interior Drawing Room
James Finlayson Comic Chef
Hank Mann Chef Comic
Francis McDonald Heavy, Western Saloon
Bert Roach Bartender, Western Saloon
William Farnum Hero in Saloon
Harry "Snub" Pollard Propman in Saloon
Creighton Hale Marcelled leading man
Eric Alden Officer
Myrtle Anderson Maid
Stanley Blystone Reporter
Eugene Borden French doctor
Ethel Clayton Lady Montague
Chester Clute Willie Millick
Sidney D'Albrook Reporter
Ray DeRavenne Call Boy
Tom Dugan Balloonist
Julia Faye Nurse
Frank Ferguson Theater Owner
Bess Flowers Reporter
Harry Hayden Stage manager
Rex Lease Reporter
John Miller Cameraman, Drawing Room Set
Byron Poindexter Man
Paula Ray Reporter
Jack Shea Workman
Charles "Heinie" Conklin Studio cop
Franklin Farnum Friar John

Technical Credits
George Marshall Director
Roland Anderson Art Director
Frank R. Butler Screenwriter
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Billy Daniels Choreography
Robert Emmett Dolan Score Composer
Hans Dreier Art Director
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Gordon Jennings Special Effects
Frank Loesser Score Composer
Gene Merritt Sound/Sound Designer
Ray Moyer Set Decoration/Design
Walter Oberst Sound/Sound Designer
Ray Rennahan Cinematographer
Arthur P. Schmidt Editor
Sol C. Siegel Producer
Wally Westmore Makeup
P.J. Wolfson Original Story,Screenwriter

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