The Perils of Pauline - July 4, 1947

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Betty Hutton in The Perils of Pauline
 

Released on July 4, 1947: The story of Pearl White, the actress who made movie serials famous as the leading lady in The Perils of Pauline.

Produced by Sol C. Siegel

Directed by George Marshall

The Actors: Betty Hutton (Pearl White), John Lund (Michael Farrington), William Demarest (George 'Mac' McGuire), Billy De Wolfe (Mr. Timmy Timmons), Constance Collier (Julia Gibbs), Frank Faylen (Mr. Joe Gurt), William Farnum (Western Saloon set hero), Chester Conklin (comic chef), Paul Panzer (the drawing room gentleman), 'Snub' Pollard (Western Saloon set prop man), James Finlayson (comic chef), Creighton Hale (Marcelled leading man), Hank Man (comic chef), Francis McDonald (Western Saloon set heavy), Bert Roach (Western Saloon set bartender), Heinie Conklin (studio cop), Jean Acker (switchboard operator), Ernie Adams (Western Saloon set cowboy), Eric Alden (officer), Bea Allen (Farrington player), Florence Allen (switchboard operator), George Anderson (Western Saloon set director), Myrtle Anderson (black maid), Gordon Arnold (song and dance man), Max Asher (comic), Sam Ash (poster man), Dorothy Barrett (girl), Stanley Blystone (reporter), Eugene Borden (French doctor number one), Monte Brice (bit part), Harlan Briggs (Jake, exhibitor), Anita Brown (black maid), Frances Budd (switchboard operator), George M. Carleton (businessman), Kit Carson (song and dance man), Louise Clark (black maid), Ethel Clayton (Lady Montague in show), James Clemens (poster man), Chester Clute (theatrical agent Willie Millick), Helen Crozier (black maid), Sidney D'Albrook (reporter), Hal K. Dawson (exhibitor), John Deauville (assistant director and song and dance man), Ray De Ravenne (callboy), Lester Dorr (reporter), Tom Dugan (balloonist), Jimmie Dundee (camera car driver), Jay Eaton (press party guest), Franklyn Farnum (Friar John in the show), Julia Faye (nurse), Charles Ferguson (photographer), Frank Ferguson (movie theater owner), Eddie Fetherston (jungle set cameraman), Margaret Field (Juliet in the show), Jac Fisher (song and dance man), Bess Flowers (reporter at reception), William Forrest (the bonds barker), Art Gilmore (trailer narrator), Buddy Gorman (tomato thrower), Kit Guard (bit part), Chuck Hamilton (policeman at the switchboard), Harry Hayden (stage manager), Len Hendry (assistant director), Al Hill (reporter), Betty Hill (reporter), Stuart Holmes (man in audience), Shep Houghton (song and dance man), Jerry James (poster man and assistant cameraman), Eddie Johnson (soldier), Myra Jones (switchboard operator), Eddie Kane (jungle set director), Edward Keane (bond buyer), Ethan Laidlaw (stagehand), Richard LaMarr (wester saloon set cowboy), Louise Lane (switchboard operator), Eddie Laughton (reporter), Rex Lease (reporter), Peggy Leon (reporter), Stella LeSaint (switchboard operator), George Marshall Jr. (reporter), Vera Martin (switchboard operator), Frank Mayo (reporter at reception), William Meader (assistant director), John 'Skins' Miller (drawing room set cameraman), Bert Moorhouse (kitchen set cameraman), Frances Morris (McGuire's secretary), William Moss (soldier), Ross Murray (song and dance man), John Mylong (French doctor), Noreen Nash (bit part), Laura R. Parrish (switchboard operator), Byron Poindexter (bit part), Albert Pollet (stage manager), Renee Randall (country girl), Hal Rand (song and dance man), Paula Ray (reporter at the reception), Georges Renavent (the second French doctor), John S. Roberts (song and dance man), Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom (Maxie, the sound man on the set of Pearl White serial), Elmer Serrano (French chauffeur), Lucille Shamburger (switchboard operator), Jack Shea (workman), Hal Taggart (man in audience), Arthur Tovey (actor in troupe), Peter Trado (poster man), John Tyrrell (assistant director), Erno Verebes (drawing room set director), Emmett Vogan (exhibitor), Ray Walker (movie set technician Armistice Day), Bill Wallace (policeman at switchboard), Lillian West (reporter), Max Willenz (Johnny Millick), Gloria Williams (woman who faints), Emil Zarak (song and dance man).

 

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Sassy and Brassy Betty

Betty Hutton's mother tried to raise her two girls without the help of a man. Prohibition, which made all forms of alcohol illegal, had begun in the U.S., and with mama's fondness for a nip now and then, she decided to operate a speak-easy saloon serving illegal alcohol to the thirsty neighborhood. With the cops shutting her down every few months, she and her girls moved around the Detroit area fairly often, opening a saloon in a different neighborhood until the cops discovered them again. To provide a bit of entertainment for her customers she and her daughters sang songs, and the career of Elizabeth June Thornburg, or Betty Hutton, began. Her unique sassy, brassy personality and voice made her an unforgettable motion picture star, if not beloved by the actors she worked with. We are fortunate that this movie slipped through the copyright cracks and entered public domain earlier than most Paramount pictures because it features Betty Hutton at the peak of her career. In this adventure Betty Hutton plays the part of a real-life silent movie star, Pearl White. During the first years of motion pictures the weekly serial was created as a way to get movie fans to go to their local theater every week . . . Before the main feature film a twenty or thirty minute episode of an action adventure would be shown, and the Perils of Pauline was the runaway favorite in 1914, starring Pearl White. Pauline was a damsel in distress who got into a death-defying position just as the weekly episode ended . . . As the screen faded to black, the audience would be convinced that poor Pauline would never survive this crises . . . . Next week when the audience returned to watch the doom of Pauline, they would see her miraculously escape the doom that seemed inevitable the week before . . . . And then she would progress into another death-defying crises at the end of this week's chapter. Pearl White did all of her own stunts, many of which were really dangerous. The scene with the runaway hot air balloon really happened, almost killing the actress. What did NOT ever happen in a Perils of Pauline episode was any scene with Pauline tied to a railroad track with a monster train speeding down the tracks toward her. That scene was in another silent movie that you can watch here called Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life, filmed a year before The Perils of Pauline was created. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Betty Hutton as Pearl White
Betty Hutton as Pearl White
Betty Hutton and Frank Faylen
Betty Hutton and Frank Faylen
Betty Hutton and John Lund
Betty Hutton and John Lund
Betty Hutton and John Lund
Betty Hutton and John Lund
Betty Hutton and John Lund
Betty Hutton and John Lund
Betty Hutton and William Demarest
Betty Hutton and William Demarest
Betty Hutton
Betty Hutton
Betty Hutton in the sewing factory
Betty Hutton in the sewing factory
Betty Hutton
Betty Hutton
Billy De Wolf and Betty Hutton
Billy De Wolf and Betty Hutton
Billy De Wolf and John Lund
Billy De Wolf and John Lund
Billy De Wolf
Billy De Wolf
Billy De Wolf
Billy De Wolf
Constance Collier
Constance Collier
Constance Collier
Constance Collier
Frank Faylen and Constance Collier
Frank Faylen and Constance Collier
William Demarest and Constance Collier on the set
William Demarest and Constance Collier on the set
William Demarest
William Demarest