Remembering My Mom on Mother’s Day: A Love for The Perils of Pauline (1947)

Mother’s Day has been bittersweet for me the last several years, ever since I lost my mom in 2007. Bitter because she is no longer here with us, but sweet because I have such great memories of her as the most wonderful mom ever, and because I was the mom of two sweet cats who brought so much joy to my life. Unfortunately, this year is a little less sweet than most, because I lost both of those kitties in the past year, one just last week in fact. But even though it’s a sad time for me right now, I am still blessed with those great memories of my mom and also time spent with my newest cat Stanley, who I adopted earlier this year.

Perils of Pauline (1947)I was just thinking the other day about one vivid classic movie related memory I have of my mom, so I thought I’d share it today on Mother’s Day. When I was young, my mom mentioned quite often how much she loved the movie The Perils Of Pauline (1947). It was her favorite in fact.

The movie which starred Betty Hutton and John Lund, told the real life story of actress Pearl White and her rise to fame in silent movies. When the VCR and VHS tapes came along, my mom had the long desired ability to watch the movie as often as she liked, which she did many times.

My mom and dad didn’t really watch many classic movies when I was younger and I didn’t start liking them until I was in college, so I didn’t think I’d share her love for the movie and never even gave thought to the idea of watching it with her. Just based on the title and the cover photo of Betty Hutton swinging on a rope, I just assumed it would be a “dorky” movie.

Perils of Pauline (1947)

Of course I feel bad now that I never took the time to watch it with her especially because I did eventually come to appreciate classic movies while she was still alive. Being the loving, forgiving mom that she was I’m sure she didn’t mind, but if I could go back in time you can bet that I would take her love for the movie more seriously and watch it with her.

If your mom is still with you and you have the opportunity to spend time with her doing the things she loves, I would encourage you to do so and hope you are able to appreciate those simple moments with her. In fact, it would make me happy if some day soon you watched one of her favorite movies with her in my mom’s honor. :-)

Wishing all moms a happy and blessed Mother’s Day!


P.S. What are some of the classic movies you have enjoyed watching with your mom?

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  1. Karen says:

    I enjoyed your post, Ginny — although I’m sorry to read about your kitties. In your mom’s honor, I’m going to hunt down The Perils of Pauline and give it a watch!

    • Ginny says:

      Thank you so much Karen! That is so sweet of you. I am humbled that you would choose to honor my mom in that way. I think it would make her happy too. :-)

  2. Frances says:

    I feel for you, Ginny.

    I lost my Mom July 2000.
    Summer is sad for me because:
    May has Mother’s Day
    June has Mom’s b-day
    July has anniversary of Mom’s passing

    I too loved watching old movies with Mom. She would tell memories of her life around the time she first saw the movies at the theatre.

    I have seen a couple old silent PERILS OF PAULINE on TCM. I remember seeing the Betty Hutton and John Lund movie listed, but I didn’t watch it. Next time, I will try to catch it.

    LOVE your site and postings –
    keep up the GOOD WORK !

    Peace, Love and Blessings

  3. Ginny says:

    Thank you for your kind words, Frances! I am so sorry about your mom as well. It certainly is difficult when those days come around. I’m glad we both have good memories to hold on to though. Thanks again for stopping by!

  4. Claire says:

    I recently watched the move “The Women” with my mom. I’d seen it many times but she’d never seen it so I was glad when she finally had time a few weeks ago to come over and watch it. She loved it and it’s always been one of my favorites.
    I’m sorry that your mom has passed on. Nothing can replace the role of a mother but I hope you have some people close to you that you can enjoy old movies with. I feel like it’s always a little more fun watching them with people. I have 2 small children and a husband but I’m usually alone when watching an old film because most people I know just aren’t as into the classics as I am. Anyways I’m glad you have some sweet memories with your mom to look back on when you’re feeling a little down. All the best!