The Perils of Pauline (1947)

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The real life story of actress Pearl White during her rise to fame in silent serials.


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  • Frank Ferguson and John Lund in The Perils of Pauline (1947)
  • Betty Hutton and Hank Mann in The Perils of Pauline (1947)
  • Betty Hutton in The Perils of Pauline (1947)
  • Betty Hutton in The Perils of Pauline (1947)

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11 January 2004 | opsbooks
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| Any movie with Betty Hutton in it is worth watching.
Don't expect ‘The Perils of Pauline' to cast much truth on the real Pearl White. In line with similar movies of the period, it's entertainment first and truth a distant second. What you do get is the irrepressible Betty Hutton, a kind of female Mickey Rooney. You also get Billy DeWolfe and William Demarest and those three make this movie worth the price of admission. Betty may bear a resemblance to other blondes of the period but it would take a hard hearted viewer not to like her. She's that kind of girl and rarely has an actress worked so hard in a part.

There are some good scenes; the movie factory gets my vote. This has been done both before and since but rarely so effectively. Bill Demarest overacts superbly as her manager, as does Billy DeWolfe as her best pal. The weak link is John Lund. Okay, maybe he's supposed to be that way. I just didn't think he was effective. The movie falls away in the last third but despite that, it's worth viewing. Betty belts out ‘I Wish I Didn't Love Him So' but it's not a particularly memorable song from Frank Loesser.

Five years after this movie, Betty would walk out on her Paramount contract and destroy her career. Like a number of memorable actresses of the great studio period, her star burnt brightly before going out forever. If you see her name in a cast list, on a movie long-forgotten, don't miss it.

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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.


Quotes

George 'Mac' McGuire: How do you like that? Everything happens to me! War! They couldn't hold off until after the wedding? No. They gotta do it now and gum up everything.
Pearl White: War... but it's horrible.
George 'Mac' McGuire: You said it. Now we gotta re-write the last six episodes!


Goofs

In real life, Pearl began making films for Powers Pictures, then went to Pathé, where she made most of her serials, and to Crystal, where she made a long succession of comedy shorts; in the film, she works for Artcraft, which did not even exist when Pearl began in 1910.


Crazy Credits

[Prologue during a silent recreation of a Pauline Peril]

WILL PAULINE AGAIN ESCAPE CERTAIN DEATH?

See Next Episode of "The Perils of Pauline" Friday at this Theatre

Although this was thirty years ago, we assure you that Pauline DID escape. Week after week, our heroine, portrayed by Pearl White, defied death and foiled the dastardly villains who always pursued her. She HAD to -- on account of the next episode. But let's start at the beginning. . . . . .


Soundtracks

Rumble, Rumble, Rumble
(1947) (uncredited)
Written by
Frank Loesser
Sung by Betty Hutton in a theater

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Biography | Comedy | Musical

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