With the impending release of Annie Get Your Gun,
it might be a good time to take a gander at high energy star
Betty Hutton in The Perils of Pauline, a comic musical
effort that features the incendiary blonde's patented "out
before Pauline. İRoan
The chronicle of the career of silent
star Pearl White, the film takes easy liberties with fact and
concentrates on fancy. The early scenes, as the innocent Pearl
is swept into the film business with daring do are the most fun.
Betty Hutton provides ample broad humor for her character, while
John Lund is the love interest as ham actor Michael Farrington.
Lund is not exactly an electric screen presence.
George Marshall's direction is entertaining,
brisk and straight forward. Nothing fancy, just let Betty do her
thing. The musical numbers are lots of fun with sharp lyrics by
Frank Loesser and music by Robert Emmett Dolan. Betty can really
belt out a tune.
Supporting roles range from the
expansive performance of Billy De Wolf as Pearl's actor buddy
Timmy Timmons. William Demarest lends his usual sturdy gruff
support. A number of former silent film stars get some
screen time recreating familiar pratfalls and the direction
color is far too hot and quite a few scenes look soft. Black are
compressed, losing detail, and some bright scenes bloom
slightly. Sharpness is at an acceptable level and edge ringing
is at a minimum. Still, this is a rich three-strip Technicolor
production, and the best news is there appears to be little
color shifting. The mono soundtrack suffices to deliver Hutton's
vocals with rough voice in tact.
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