Perils of Pauline/B,C+


     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 there" style.

Pearl 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 by 
      The 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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