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The Perils of Pauline

Released Jul 4, 1947 1h 36m Musical Comedy List
Reviews 43% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
Pearl White (Betty Hutton), a beautiful but talentless sweatshop girl, wins a spot in a theater company run by Michael Farrington (John Lund), with whom she becomes involved. But after a dispute with Mike, Pearl quits, hoping to try her luck in movies. When a film director humiliates her best friend, however, Pearl wreaks havoc all over the studio lot. Surprisingly, Pearl's rampage earns her the lead in an upcoming silent action movie. Soon, Pearl is on a collision course with fame. Read More Read Less

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Moira Walsh America Magazine It should have a nostalgic appeal for some audiences, an instructive one for others and a hilariously comic one for all. Jul 15, 2021 Full Review Jack Moffitt Esquire Magazine The picture is a triller as well as a thriller, with a bang-up score written by Frank "Praise The Lord and Pass the Ammunition" Loesser. Oct 7, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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kevin w Hollywood uses the fame of silent film star Pearl White as an attraction, and a starting point, in this musical Betty Hutton feature. It's tailored specifically to Ms. Hutton's talents and that it does very well. Those looking for a documentary about the life of Pearl White should look elsewhere, but the work does convey something of what the early days of the silents may have been like. Charles Demerest is excellent as a cliché Hollywood producer. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Excellent movie that grabs and keeps your attention. Betty Hutton is perfectly cast and has the voice of an angel in this one. John Lund is good as the proud early twentieth century boyfriend, and the Hollywood ending does not detract from the plot. An A+ movie. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Hutton is the reason 2 check out this musical bio-pic-of sorts Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Paramount's fantasy retelling of the "life" of silent screen star Pearl White was one of Hutton's best films; amusing and fast-moving with a Frank Loesser score that includes "Papa Don't Preach to Me" and the Oscar-nominated "I Wish I Didn't Love You So." Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Watch Betty "Rumble, Rumble, Rumble"...--A sparkling Betty Hutton and supporting cast in a very entertaining movie!! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member A film that is somewhat based in the true story of actress Pearl White who became queen of the movie serial. In this adaption Pearl White is played to a physical perfection by Betty Hutton, this film is a musical as well but it's Pearl White's story that is the most captivating. The actress was so incredible physically & although this is very Hollywood Re-telling it does highlight keys parts of her career. Sadly only 9 of the 20 serial episodes have survived from the original 1914 series. A fun colour film that is easy watching & flows fast & simply a bit of fun. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Pearl White (Betty Hutton), a beautiful but talentless sweatshop girl, wins a spot in a theater company run by Michael Farrington (John Lund), with whom she becomes involved. But after a dispute with Mike, Pearl quits, hoping to try her luck in movies. When a film director humiliates her best friend, however, Pearl wreaks havoc all over the studio lot. Surprisingly, Pearl's rampage earns her the lead in an upcoming silent action movie. Soon, Pearl is on a collision course with fame.
Director
George Marshall
Producer
Sol C. Siegel
Distributor
Paramount Pictures
Production Co
Paramount Pictures
Genre
Musical, Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jul 4, 1947, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Aug 2, 2016
Runtime
1h 36m
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