The Perils of Pauline
Cast: Betty Hutton, John Lund, Constance Collier, William Demarest, Billy De Wolfe
Director: George Marshall
RunTime: 96 minutes (aprox.)
Language: English (audio)
Subtitles: Greek (Optional - Removable)
Region: 2 EUROPE PAL (not for the USA & Canada)
The third of four films bearing the title of The Perils of Pauline, this musical biopic purports to tell the life story of famed silent serial queen Pearl White. Right at the beginning, however, an introductory title informs the audience that what follows is merely "suggested" by incidents in White's life and career. Translation: The film is a fabrication from beginning to end, but an enjoyable one. Played on all four cylinders by Betty Hutton, White is introduced as 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 (hence the title of this film). At the height of her fame, she arranges for her theatrical mentor Mike to get a job as her leading man, forcing him to swallow his pride and admit that he's been in love with her from the moment he met her. A series of cliched complications contrive to separate White and Mike, but he returns to her arms when she's seriously injured during a Parisian stage performance. A few fairly credible recreations of silent moviemaking techniques aside, The Perils of Pauline is wildly anachronistic and inaccurate (for one thing, Pearl White made most of her serials in New Jersey rather than Hollywood). As a musical comedy, however, the film passes muster, especially during the performance of such Frank Loesser tunes as "I Wish I Didn't Love You So" and "The Sewing Machine." As a bonus, the film rounds up several silent-movie veterans in cameo roles, including William Farnum, Chester Conklin, Jimmy Finlayson, Creighton Hale, Hank Mann -- and Paul Panzer, who played the sneering villain in the original 1914 Perils of Pauline.
We do not sell copies, bootleg, or DVD-R. Item was circulated in Greece. Full movie in promotional sleeve.
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WARNING: NO USA COMPATIBLE
OUR DVD DO NOT PLAY IN STANDARD USA/CANADA DVD PLAYERS
(BUT PLAYS FINE IN ANY PC/LAPTOP DVD-PLAYER)
OUR DVD IS GREEK (EUROPEAN) VERSIONS NOT FOR STANDARD USA/CANADA DVD PLAYERS
PROMOTIONAL DVD NOT SEALED IN EXCELLENT CONDITION
Dvd case is partial in Greek language
WARNING: NO USA COMPATIBLE
Some information about promotional dvd
Movie is complete.
No advertisements or
other messages in screen during playing movie.
The main difference of
promotional dvd editions is that comes in a small paper sleeve (approx.
12.5x12.5 cm) or in a slim plastic case (approx. 14x19 cm), or without
sleeve. I have taken photos of each item myself and you will get what you
see in photos.
Item was circulated in Greece,
so dvd case is partial in Greek language.
Each dvd has the original
audio (e.g. English, French, Italian, etc.). Subtitles are mainly in Greek
language and sometimes in additional languages. Please read each item description
about audio languages and subtitles.