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Parachute Jumper (1933)

Approved | | Drama | 28 January 1933 (USA)
To share expenses unemployed Alabama move 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 »

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Bill Keller
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Patricia 'Alabama' Brent
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Toodles Cooper
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Mrs. Newberry
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Kurt Weber
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Thomas E. Jackson ...
Detective Lt. Coffey
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To share expenses unemployed Alabama move 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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28 January 1933 (USA)  »

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Em Plenas Nuvens  »

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$206,000 (estimated)
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In 1962, producer-director Robert Aldrich was preparing the prologue to What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962). He chose a scene from this film and Ex-Lady (1933) to document the fact that the young Jane was a flop as a movie star. See more »

Quotes

Patricia 'Alabama' Brent: Good morning, Mr. Weber. I'm Miss Brent.
Kurt Weber: Oh, yes. Won't you come a little closer, please. Well, what, eh, what experience have you had?
Patricia 'Alabama' Brent: Three years, Mr. Weber. Shorthand. Typing. In fact, I think I can make myself quite handy around the office.
Kurt Weber: Three years? Why, you don't look 17.
Patricia 'Alabama' Brent: I can look older, if you want me to.
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Referenced in Arena: Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

The Marines' Hymn
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Traditional Marines song (circa 1850)
Played during opening credits and often as background
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SEX! DOPE SMUGGLING!! NICARUAGA!!!
6 April 2004 | by (Denver) – See all my reviews

This little pre-code gem packs a ton of elements (part Hell's Angels, part Public Enemy) into one nifty little movie. Bette Davis (who no one can disagree with, aged badly after she hit 30) looks absolutely hot here in her platinum blonde days. Doug Jr. plays an adequate lead, although his shoes could've been filled by almost anyone (Chester Morris or Dick Powell leaps to mind). What I liked most was Warner's being unafraid to make the Depression itself a co-star (unlike other studios like RKO and Paramount that glossed over the effects of current events). Practically all the fun here would be killed off by the Production Code within 18 minths... lots of sexual references, Doug has some very non-PC cracks (one to a homosexual male secretary in the closing moments) along with the dope smuggling angle. Look for Walter (I was born looking like I was 70) Brennan gumming his way through an uncredited part as a greasy spoon cook. If you're looking for a crackerjack example of a pre-code programmer, look no further than PARACHUTE JUMPER.


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