The Perils of Pauline (1947 film)

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The Perils of Pauline
The Perils of Pauline - 1947 Poster.jpg
1947 theatrical poster
Directed by George Marshall
Produced by Sol C. Siegel (producer)
Written by P.J. Wolfson (story & screenplay) and
Frank Butler (screenplay)
Starring Betty Hutton
John Lund
Music by Robert Emmett Dolan
Cinematography Ray Rennahan
Edited by Arthur P. Schmidt
Production
  company
Paramount Pictures
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s)
  • July 4, 1947 (1947-07-04)
Running time 96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Home video VHS cover

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").

Paul Panzer, who played the villain in the 1914 film, has a very small part in this film, as do silent-comedy veterans Chester Conklin, Hank Mann, Snub Pollard, and James Finlayson.

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.

Plot[edit]

"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.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Awards[edit]

Frank Loesser was nominated for an Oscar in the category "Best Music, Original Song" for "I Wish I Didn't Love You So".[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 20th Academy Awards (1948) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 

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