The Perils of Pauline (1947 film)
|The Perils of Pauline|
1947 theatrical poster
|Directed by||George Marshall|
|Produced by||Sol C. Siegel (producer)|
|Written by||P.J. Wolfson (story & screenplay) and
Frank Butler (screenplay)
|Music by||Robert Emmett Dolan|
|Edited by||Arthur P. Schmidt|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||96 minutes|
The Perils of Pauline is a 1947 American film directed by George Marshall and released by Paramount Pictures. The film is a fictionalized Hollywood account of silent film star Pearl White's rise to fame, starring Betty Hutton as White.
The film, a broad satire of silent-film production, is a musical-comedy vehicle for Hutton, filmed in Technicolor, with original songs by Frank Loesser (including the standards "I Wish I Didn't Love You So" and "Rumble, Rumble, Rumble").
The film is in the public domain today. However, Universal Studios (through NBC Universal Television, successor-in-interest to EMKA, Ltd.) owns the original film elements. All public domain video releases are sourced from 16 mm television prints that have faded over the years.
"Pearl" is an ambitious hoyden who rises from amateur-night vaudeville to silent-screen stardom. The major plot line is the romantic relationship she has with Farrington, the hard driving boss (Lund) of the vaudevile troop she joins, the film career is a secondary plot line.
The film is highly anachronistic with Hutton generally performing in swing style though the action takes places in the teens and early twenties. However the free-wheeling, less complicated and often impetuous nature of early silent film making is captured in spirit.
- Betty Hutton as Pearl White
- John Lund as Michael Farrington
- Billy De Wolfe as Mr. Timmy Timmons
- William Demarest as George "Mac" McGuire
- Constance Collier as Julia Gibbs
- Frank Faylen as Mr. Joe Gurt
- William Farnum as Western Saloon Set Hero
- Chester Conklin as Comic Chef
- Paul Panzer as Drawing Room Gent
- "Snub" Pollard as Western Saloon Set Propman
- James Finlayson as Comic Chef
- Creighton Hale as Marcelled Leading Man
- Hank Mann as Comic Chef
- Francis McDonald as Western Saloon Set Heavy
- Bert Roach as Western Saloon Set Bartender
- Heinie Conklin as Studio Cop
- "Poor Pauline" (Written by Charles McCarron and Raymond Walker)
- Betty Hutton - "I Wish I Didn't Love You So" (Written by Frank Loesser)
- Betty Hutton - "The Sewing Machine" (Written by Frank Loesser)
- Betty Hutton - "Rumble, Rumble, Rumble" (Written by Frank Loesser)
- Betty Hutton - "Poppa, Don't Preach To Me" (Written by Frank Loesser)
Frank Loesser was nominated for an Oscar in the category "Best Music, Original Song" for "I Wish I Didn't Love You So".
- "The 20th Academy Awards (1948) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- The Perils of Pauline at the Internet Movie Database
- The Perils of Pauline at the TCM Movie Database
- The Perils of Pauline is available for free download at the Internet Archive