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Our intrepid heroine Pauline, the beautiful daughter of noted scientist Dr. Hargrave, and air engineer Robert Ward discover a fiendish plot to steal the secret formula for a deadly nerve gas that her father has been searching for in Indo-China. The evil Dr. Bashan, with his assistant Fang and other treacherous henchmen are behind the plot and will stop at nothing to get the secret formula. 12 Chapters. Bonus Features: Trailers Product Specs: DVD9; Dolby Digital 2.0; RT - 564 minutes; B&W; Aspect Ratio - 1.33:1 / 4x3; Year - 1933; SRP - $19.99

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  • Actors: Evalyn Knapp, Robert Allen, James Durkin, John Davidson, Sonny Ray
  • Directors: Ray Taylor
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 231 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,680 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Kohl; on May 14, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Universal's twelve-chapter serial "The Perils of Pauline" from 1933 has little in common with the 1914 Pearl White classic, other than story writer Charles W. Goddard, who wrote the screenplay for the earlier serial. Still, the "remake" is good for its time. It was directed by Ray Taylor, with screenplay by Basil Dickey, Jack Foley, Ella O'Neill and George Plympton.

The story has Professor Hargrave (James Durkin) in China, seeking an ivory disk inscribed with an ancient formula for a deadly disintegrating gas, which years earlier he had promised his dying friend, the priest Confu, he would use to benefit humanity. With the Professor are his daughter, Pauline (Evalyn Knapp) and his secretary, Willie Dodge (Sonny Ray), neither of whom are enthusiastic about staying in China, given that a revolution is in progress and the city is being bombed. But the Professor explains that others have learned of the formula's existence, and it might fall into the hands of the evil Dr. Bashan (John Davidson). He also observes that the revolution will make it easier to spirit the disk out of the temple where it is believed to be hidden. As the Professor and Dodge leave the hotel, Pauline notices they are being followed, and in trying to warn them has to be rescued from Bashan's henchmen by an American, Robert Warde (Robert Allen). They reach the Professor and find what they believe is the formula, but the hard disk crashed and only half of it is there, with instructions for finding the rest of it. Bashan and his henchmen are waiting outside to steal the half disk, but are driven back when the temple is bombed, and have to spend the next eleven chapters following and causing trouble for the Hargrave party as they search many lands for the other half of the disk.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 7, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
VCI Entertainment and Universal Pictures present..."Perils of Pauline" (1934) (Dolby digitally remastered), a 12 Chapter cliffhanger from an enjoyable early sound Universal serial era featuring an outstanding cast with Ray Taylor and Henry MacRae at the helm....will our famous scientist (James Durkin) and his beautiful daughter Pauline (Evalyn Knapp) find an ivory disc in a temple in Indochina...does this hidden artifact have the formula for a deadly gas engraved on it...will the evil doctor (John Davidson) and his gang of henchman succeed in lifting this from our heroine Pauline and her new found friend Robert Allen...could this Universal Serial be the start of something big that will keep growing decades hereafter...and is it very nice to keep us guessing during and after every episode...don't leave the theater until the final chapter is over and done with "Confu's Sacred Secret"....just remember double thrills, chills, mystery and suspense...hitting the bull's eye with excitement...don't miss a single spine thrilling episode..return next week to this local theater for another episode of action and adventure that will keep you thrilled until the next chapter

Under director Ray Taylor, associate producer Henry MacRae, original screenplay by Ella O'Neill, Basil Dickey, George Plympton and Jack Foley, original story by Charles W. Goddard, musical score by Heinz Roemheld, Sam Perry, Andor Pinter, Guy Bevier, David Broekman...the cast includes Evalyn Knapp (Pauline Hargrave), Robert Allen (Robert Ward), James Durlin (Professor Hargrave), John Davidson (Dr.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on October 3, 2010
Format: VHS Tape
Well to begin with, it would be difficult for me to add a great deal concerning this film after reading the wonderful review on this page by J. Lovins. "Mr Jim" has pretty well hit the nail on the head with this one.

The Saturday afternoon serial was, in many ways, a semi-important part of life for many of my generation. As far as outside entertainment was concerned, the movies were T.V., no video, no computers, no nothing of that nature. We had the movies and we had books. Looking back, this was quite satisfactory and quite adequate. A big part of the movie experience for little boys and girls in this era was the cliff hanger serial. We followed these things week after week and again, looking back, it is surprising just how much of our conversation during the week, between episodes, addressed past episodes and speculated on future ones.

Our theater was located in a very isolated section of the country at that time, in a very small town. We did not often get current movies and certainly did not get all of the current serials. This was in the late 1940s and very early 50s. A 1934 movie, such as this one is, was pretty new and for us and we felt lucky go get it. We gladly plunked down our dime each Saturday afternoon to see it and the many, many others of this ilk.

The Perils of Pauline, the two tape set being reviewed here, was an absolute classic and sort of set the standard for such things at the time. There was nonstop action, buildings falling down, kidnappings (good grief...kidnapping after kidnapping), evil bad guys, sticky sweet and heroic good guys, wild snakes and other critters and plenty of treasure hunting. Above all though, was the danger faced by the heroine; Pauline!
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