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This classic movie is a 1947 American film directed by George Marshall and is a fictionalized account of silent film star Pearl White's rise to fame, starring Betty Hutton. The original 1914 melodrama film serial, shown in weekly instalments, featured Pearl White as the title character. Pearl (Betty Hutton) is a frustrated factory worker who aspires to become an actress. She joins a theatrical troupe managed by Mike (John Lund), but fame and fortune elude her. In desperation, Pearl takes a job at a movie studio where she finds herself in the middle of a slapstick pie fight and soon becomes famous as the star of such cliff-hanger serials as tied-to-the-tracks in the Perils of Pauline. This film is a musical-comedy vehicle for Hutton. The original songs by Frank Loesser include 'I Wish I Didn't Love You So', which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. Paul Panzer, who played the villain in the 1914 film 'The Perils of Pauline', has a very small part in this film, as do silent-comedy veterans Chester Conklin, Hank Mann, Snub Pollard, and James Finlayson. A great classic romantic comedy not to be missed! They don't make them like this anymore... (93 minutes - 1947 - Color - 4:3).