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|
|Box office||$3.8 million (US rentals)|
The Perils of Pauline is a 1947 American Technicolor 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.
A broad satire of silent-film production, the film is a musical-comedy vehicle for Hutton. The original songs by Frank Loesser include the standard "I Wish I Didn't Love You So", which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. Paul Panzer, who played the villain in the 1914 film The Perils of Pauline, 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; all public-domain video releases are sourced from 16 mm television prints that have faded over the years. Universal Studios (through NBC Universal Television, successor-in-interest to EMKA, Ltd.) owns the original film elements.
Pearl White (Betty Hutton) is 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.
- 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 (Hale was the male lead in the original serial)
- Hank Mann as Comic Chef
- Francis McDonald as Western Saloon Set Heavy
- Bert Roach as Western Saloon Set Bartender
- Heinie Conklin as Studio Cop
- Ray Walker as Armistice Day Set Technician
- "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 Perils of Pauline (1914), starring Pearl White
- The Perils of Pauline (1933), starring Evalyn Knapp and Craig Reynolds
- The Perils of Pauline (1967), starring Pamela Austin and Pat Boone
- "Top Grossers of 1947", Variety, 7 January 1948 p 63
- "The Perils of Pauline (1947) - George Marshall - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie. Retrieved January 30, 2016.
- "The 20th Academy Awards (1948) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
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