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Parachute Jumper (1933)

Passed | | Drama | 28 January 1933 (USA)
To share expenses, unemployed Alabama moves in with also unemployed Bill and Toodles. Bill is hired by a gangster's mistress and ultimately becomes the gangster's bodyguard. Alabama ... See full summary »

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Rian James (story "Some Call It Love"), John Francis Larkin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Bill Keller
Bette Davis ... Patricia 'Alabama' Brent
Frank McHugh ... Toodles Cooper
Claire Dodd ... Mrs. Newberry
Leo Carrillo ... Kurt Weber
Harold Huber ... Steve Donovan
Thomas E. Jackson ... Detective Lt. Coffey
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Storyline

To share expenses, unemployed Alabama moves in with also unemployed Bill and Toodles. Bill is hired by a gangster's mistress and ultimately becomes the gangster's bodyguard. Alabama unknowingly applies for a stenographer's job at Mr. Weber's (the gangster's) business. Bill is forced to fly a plane carrying narcotics into the U.S. but fights back. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Taglines:

Seventy-five Smackers a Jump- and Most of it Goes to Widows! (Print Ad- The Dispatch, ((Lexington, NC)) 6 February 1933)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Parachute Jumper See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$206,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Was Bette Davis's least favorite film to do. See more »

Goofs

On the storefront window of GILHOOLY'S JOBS, it has a listing of jobs under the heading, "To Day". The aforementioned spelling of the word "today" is incorrect. The grammatically correct spelling of the word is either hyphenated as in "To-day" which was the way it was generally done back in the early 20th century or one word as in "Today" which is how it is commonly used now. See more »

Quotes

Steve Donovan: I'm gettin' outta here before the law blows in.
Kurt Weber: So, you are turning yellow, heh, Steve?
Steve Donovan: Now, listen, if it was only liquor, I wouldn't care. But, when you start running...
Bill Keller: Hold on a minute! You mean to tell me we've been flying something else? I mean, dope?
Kurt Weber: Now, Bill, my boy, don't get excited.
Steve Donovan: Nah, it's only 10 years in the Federal Pen.
Bill Keller: Are these bags, they're full of that junk?
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Connections

Referenced in Arena: Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

The Marines' Hymn
(uncredited)
Traditional Marines song (circa 1850)
Played during opening credits and often as background
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every minute entertaining
20 May 2001 | by ecaulfieldSee all my reviews

Parachute Jumper is a prime example of the energetic, quick-witted fare Warner Brothers was known for in the early 30's. This film showcases all three players: Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., a blonde, southern-accented Bette Davis, and Frank McHugh, but it really spotlights Fairbanks's suave and humorous side. Struggling through the depression in New York City is softened by the three characters' warm and jovial relationship with each other. They handle almost any situation with their one-liners and loyalty. Plenty of double entendres are targeted at love and authority. Fairbanks, Jr. especially handles his role with breezy panache. He deserved more material like this. I'll be watching this lighthearted film with intelligent dialogue and human characters again.


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