Review: ‘The Perils of Pauline’

Betty Hutton is tiptop in the title role, giving distinction to antics of early day picture-making and four bright tunes [by Frank Loesser]. It's a funfest for the actress and she makes the most of it.

Betty Hutton is tiptop in the title role, giving distinction to antics of early day picture-making and four bright tunes [by Frank Loesser]. It’s a funfest for the actress and she makes the most of it.

Pointing up many solid laughs are sequences depicting old open-air stages on which all variety of entertainment was ground out side by side in utter confusion. George Marshall draws heavily on his long picture experience to make it all authentic and garners himself a top credit for surefire direction.

Screenplay [from a story by P.J. Wolfson, ‘with a salute to Charles W. Goddard who wrote the original serial’] purports to show how Pearl White, early-day serial queen, got her start in silent films. Scripters carry her from a New York sweatshop to a traveling stock company and then into pictures with credible writing. Romance angle is the only apparent hoke factor in script but it, too, blends well with overall high entertainment level.

John Lund co-stars as a ham stock actor who is loved by the cliffhanger queen. Choice performances are delivered by Constance Collier, as the character actress, and William Demarest, as the silent director.

1947: Nomination: Best Song (‘I Wish I Didn’t Love You So’)

The Perils of Pauline

Production

Paramount. Director George Marshall; Producer Sol C. Siegel ; Screenplay P. J. Wolfson, Frank Butler; Camera Ray Rennahan; Editor Arthur Schmidt; Music Robert Emmett Dolan; Art Director Hans Dreier, Roland Anderson

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1947. Running time: 93 MIN.

With

Betty Hutton John Lund Constance Collier William Demarest Billy De Wolfe Frank Faylen

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