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
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • July 4, 1947 (1947-07-04)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $3.8 million (US rentals)[1]

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.[2]



Introduced by Betty Hutton in The Perils of Pauline and released on Capitol Records, "I Wish I Didn't Love You So" received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song


Frank Loesser was nominated for an Oscar in the category "Best Music, Original Song" for "I Wish I Didn't Love You So".[3]

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