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Parachute Jumper (1933)

 -  Drama  -  28 January 1933 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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

Quotes

Kurt Weber: I have seen enough. I am presenting you with a belly full of lead.
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The Marines' Hymn
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Traditional Marines song (circa 1850)
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15 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Frank McHugh, and Bette Davis star in "Parachute Jumper," a 1933 film.

Fairbanks and McHugh are two ex-Marines who can't find work. It's the Depression, after all. Fairbanks meets a blond named Alabama (Davis) who is way down on her luck, and, after they share lunch, she agrees to move in with Fairbanks and McHugh on a platonic basis.

Fairbanks first works as a parachute jumper, then a chauffeur for a randy woman who likes her chauffeurs buff; through her, he meets a smuggler (Duncan Reynaldo) and winds up transporting illegal goods.

Okay movie, enlivened by the three leads. It's fun to see Bette Davis so young, as a petite and pretty ingénue. Warners would wonder what to do with her for a few more years.


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