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Not to be confused with other films of the same name including the 1933 serials; the 1947 film, which a is humorous take on Pearl White's rise to fame, or the 1967 comedy based on the serial.

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Not to be confused with other films of the same name including the 1933 serials; the 1947 film, which a is a humorous take on Pearl White's rise to fame, or the 1967 comedy based on the serial.


''The Perils of Pauline'' was an immensely popular 1914 film serial starring Pearl White, who in this serial became the TropeMaker for DamselInDistress.

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''The Perils of Pauline'' was an immensely popular 1914 film serial starring Pearl White, who in this serial became the TropeMaker veritable TropeCodifier for DamselInDistress.
the DamselInDistress in modern media.



[[OlderThanTheyThink Not the first film serial]], but a hugely popular one that became a TropeCodifier for film serials. Did not feature some of the tropes that are associated with it in the popular imagination. It didn't have {{cliffhanger}}s, as Pauline's adventures were resolved at the end of each episode. Nor was Pauline ever ChainedToARailway; that trope actually dates to 19th-century theater and even in 1914 was considered hokey. Nor is there a DastardlyWhiplash; Koerner the bad guy is young and clean-shaven and [[EvilIsHammy not particularly hammy]] in his mannerism.

The original run was 20 episodes, one per week, which added up to 410 minutes. That version is now lost. The surviving ''Pauline'' is a ReCut version made for the French market, which was cut down almost by half (214 minutes) and lasts only nine episodes. The series proved so popular that it was followed by a SpiritualSuccessor, ''Film/TheExploitsOfElaine'', in which Pearl White played a similar character getting into similar predicaments.

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[[OlderThanTheyThink Not the first film serial]], but a hugely popular one that became a TropeCodifier for film serials. Did not feature some of the tropes that are associated with it in the popular imagination. It didn't have really rely on {{cliffhanger}}s, as Pauline's adventures were resolved at the end of each episode. Nor was Pauline ever ChainedToARailway; that trope actually dates to 19th-century theater and even in 1914 was considered hokey. Nor is there a DastardlyWhiplash; Koerner the bad guy is young and clean-shaven and [[EvilIsHammy not particularly hammy]] in his mannerism.

mannerism. Nor was Pauline ChainedToARailway... in surviving footage, anyway (see below). Even in 1914, that trope was considered hokey and a staple of cheap theater.

The original run was 20 episodes, one per week, which added up to 410 minutes. That version is now lost.lost (and there ''are'' sources who insist up, down, and sideways that Pauline, some rope, and a railway did cross paths at some point in this cut). The surviving ''Pauline'' is a ReCut version made for the French market, which was cut down almost by half (214 minutes) and lasts only nine episodes. The series proved so popular that it was followed by a SpiritualSuccessor, ''Film/TheExploitsOfElaine'', in which Pearl White played a similar character getting into similar predicaments.


[[OlderThanTheyThink Not the first film serial]], but a hugely popular one that became a TropeCodifier for film serials. Did not feature some of the tropes that are associated with it in the popular imagination. It didn't have {{ cliffhanger}}s, as Pauline's adventures were resolved at the end of each episode. Nor was Pauline ever ChainedToARailway; that trope actually dates to 19th-century theater and even in 1914 was considered hokey. Nor is there a DastardlyWhiplash; Koerner the bad guy is young and clean-shaven and [[EvilIsHammy not particularly hammy]] in his mannerism.

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[[OlderThanTheyThink Not the first film serial]], but a hugely popular one that became a TropeCodifier for film serials. Did not feature some of the tropes that are associated with it in the popular imagination. It didn't have {{ cliffhanger}}s, {{cliffhanger}}s, as Pauline's adventures were resolved at the end of each episode. Nor was Pauline ever ChainedToARailway; that trope actually dates to 19th-century theater and even in 1914 was considered hokey. Nor is there a DastardlyWhiplash; Koerner the bad guy is young and clean-shaven and [[EvilIsHammy not particularly hammy]] in his mannerism.

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* OutOfTheFryingPan: In episode 9 Koerner fiddles with the engine to Pauline's motorboat, leaving her adrift at sea. Pauline spots a large vessel, manages to row her boat over to it, and clambers aboard. The large vessel is a derelict, which is out to sea to serve as a target for naval bombardment.

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* KissingCousins: It's either this or IncestIsRelative. Pauline bears her guardian's last name; she's Pauline Marvin. So the best case scenario is that Mr. Marvin is guardian to his brother's son and Pauline is engaged to her first cousin, and the worst case scenario is that Pauline and Harry are adopted siblings.


** In episode 2, Hicks and his goons kidnap Pauline, but instead of killing her, they abandon her in a cave "to her unfortunate fate." Pauline frees herself, of course.

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** In episode 2, Hicks and his goons kidnap Pauline, but instead of killing her, Pauline. Do they kill her? No, they abandon her in a cave "to her unfortunate fate." Pauline frees herself, of course.


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** Episode 8 has Koerner enlisting a band of gypsies to kidnap Pauline. Do they kill her? No, they just keep her around until Harry arrives to rescue her.

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* HoneyTrap: Mlle. Yagow in episode 7, who is romancing gullible Lt. Summers while stealing the lieutenant's plans for a new submarine.


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* SpyFiction: Episode 7 is a martini-flavored version of this. Mademoiselle Yagow is a German spy seeking to learn the secrets of French submarines. [[ContrivedCoincidence Entirely by chance]], Pauline, Harry, and Koerner stumble into this plot. Koerner recognizes a fellow villain and enlists Mlle. Yagow in a plot to get Pauline aboard the submarine, which Yagow's man will then sabotage.

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* ThrillSeeker: Pauline. Koerner's murder job would be harder if Pauline was content to stay home and knit. Instead, she's taking balloon rides, competing in auto races, searching after buried treasure, and the like.


* BondVillainStupidity: In episode 2, Hicks and his goons kidnap Pauline, but instead of killing her, they abandon her in a cave "to her unfortunate fate." Pauline frees herself, of course.

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In episode 2, Hicks and his goons kidnap Pauline, but instead of killing her, they abandon her in a cave "to her unfortunate fate." Pauline frees herself, of course.course.
** In episode 5 Koerner's minions have both Pauline and Harry BoundAndGagged. Do they kill them? No. They abandon them in an underground chamber next to a river, with a brick wall that is rigged to explode and flood the chamber. Pauline and Harry escape again.


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** In episode 5 Pauline ''and'' Harry are overpowered and bound and gagged by the bad guys.

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* IdiotBall: Koerner's goon, who scatters spikes on the road in episode 4 in order to wreck Pauline's race car--in full view of race spectators, who see him do it.





In the first episode Mr. Marvin dies, and Pauline and her fortune come into the custody of Marvin's secretary Koerner. Unfortunately Koerner is a crook. With Pauline having no other living relatives, he and his partner Hicks decide to arrange for Pauline's adventures to have a fatal outcome, so they can seize her fortune. Each episode would then involve Pauline going off on some adventure, getting into mortal peril thanks to Koerner, only to be rescued by Harry.

[[OlderThanTheyThink Not the first film serial]], but a hugely popular one that became a TropeCodifier for film serials. Did not feature some of the tropes that are associated with it in the popular imagination. It didn't have [[{{Cliffhanger}} cliffhangers]], as Pauline's adventures were resolved at the end of each episode. Nor was Pauline ever ChainedToARailway; that trope actually dates back to 19th-century theater and even in 1914 was considered hokey. Nor is there a DastardlyWhiplash; Koerner the bad guy is young and clean-shaven and [[EvilIsHammy not particularly hammy]] in his mannerism.

The original run was twenty episodes, one per week, which added up to 410 minutes. That version is now lost. The surviving ''Pauline'' is a ReCut version made for the French market, which was cut down almost by half (214 minutes) and lasts only nine episodes. The series proved so popular that it was followed by a SpiritualSuccessor, ''Film/TheExploitsOfElaine'', in which Pearl White played a similar character getting into similar predicaments.

Not to be confused with other films of the same name including the 1933 serials, the 1947 film which a is humorous take on Pearl White's rise to fame or the 1967 comedy based on the serial.

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In the first episode Mr. Marvin dies, and Pauline and her fortune come into the custody of Marvin's secretary Koerner. Unfortunately Koerner is a crook. With Pauline having no other living relatives, he and his partner Hicks decide to arrange for Pauline's adventures to have a fatal outcome, so they can seize her fortune. Each episode would then involve Pauline going off on some adventure, getting into mortal peril thanks to Koerner, only to be and being rescued by Harry.

[[OlderThanTheyThink Not the first film serial]], but a hugely popular one that became a TropeCodifier for film serials. Did not feature some of the tropes that are associated with it in the popular imagination. It didn't have [[{{Cliffhanger}} cliffhangers]], {{ cliffhanger}}s, as Pauline's adventures were resolved at the end of each episode. Nor was Pauline ever ChainedToARailway; that trope actually dates back to 19th-century theater and even in 1914 was considered hokey. Nor is there a DastardlyWhiplash; Koerner the bad guy is young and clean-shaven and [[EvilIsHammy not particularly hammy]] in his mannerism.

The original run was twenty 20 episodes, one per week, which added up to 410 minutes. That version is now lost. The surviving ''Pauline'' is a ReCut version made for the French market, which was cut down almost by half (214 minutes) and lasts only nine episodes. The series proved so popular that it was followed by a SpiritualSuccessor, ''Film/TheExploitsOfElaine'', in which Pearl White played a similar character getting into similar predicaments.

Not to be confused with other films of the same name including the 1933 serials, serials; the 1947 film film, which a is humorous take on Pearl White's rise to fame fame, or the 1967 comedy based on the serial.



* HighClassGlass: Amusingly, the High Class Glass Koerner is affecting pops out when he is unpleasantly surprised to see his old partner Hicks.
* IncrediblyObviousBomb: Amusingly, the only reason Harry and Pauline survive in episode 3 is due to the bomb on the yacht ticking so loudly that Harry hears it.

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* HighClassGlass: Amusingly, the High Class Glass which Koerner is affecting pops out when he is unpleasantly surprised to see his old partner Hicks.
* IncrediblyObviousBomb: Amusingly, the only reason Harry and Pauline survive in episode 3 is due to that the bomb on the yacht ticking ticks so loudly that Harry hears it.



* MightyWhitey: The tribe of Sioux that Pauline meets in episode 2 are pretty happy to have a blonde girl in their midst.
--> "You are the white girl who was to spring forth from the ground to lead the warriors of our tribe to victory."

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* MightyWhitey: The tribe of Sioux that Pauline meets in episode 2 are pretty happy to have a blonde blond girl in their midst.
--> "You -->"You are the white girl who was to spring forth from the ground to lead the warriors of our tribe to victory."



* TheWildWest: 1914 was a good 30 years or so past the point where the West was wild. But Pauline still goes into the rural west to visit her friends the Haines family in episode 2, and she is kidnapped by stereotypical desperadoes riding horses, with ten-gallon hats and bandanas over their faces. She also runs across a band of Sioux still living in tipis.

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* TheWildWest: 1914 was a good 30 years or so past the point where the West was wild. But Pauline still goes into the rural west to visit her friends the Haines family in episode 2, and she is kidnapped by stereotypical desperadoes riding horses, with ten-gallon 10-gallon hats and bandanas over their faces. She also runs across a band of Sioux still living in tipis.

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* IncrediblyObviousBomb: Amusingly, the only reason Harry and Pauline survive in episode 3 is due to the bomb on the yacht ticking so loudly that Harry hears it.
* MilkingTheGiantCow: The old pirate in episode 3 does this both in the present day and in the "flashback" when recounting his bogus story of killing the other pirates and hiding the treasure.


Not to be confused with the 1947 film of the same name which a is humorous take on Pearl White's rise to fame.

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Not to be confused with the 1947 film other films of the same name including the 1933 serials, the 1947 film which a is humorous take on Pearl White's rise to fame.fame or the 1967 comedy based on the serial.

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Not to be confused with the 1947 film of the same name which a is humorous take on Pearl White's rise to fame.

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