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Rian James (story)
John Francis Larkin (writer)
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28 January 1933 (USA) See more »
To share expenses unemployed Alabama move in with also unemployed Bill and Toodles. Bill is hired by... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lyle Talbot ... Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)

Leon Ames ... Pilot with Alabama (uncredited)
Reginald Barlow ... The Colonel (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Cop (uncredited)
Harry C. Bradley ... Man in Society for Prohibition Enforcement Office (uncredited)

Ed Brady ... Capt. J.C. Mason (uncredited)

Walter Brennan ... Counterman at Jewel Diner (uncredited)

George Chandler ... Chauffeur (uncredited)

G. Pat Collins ... Tom Crowley (uncredited)
Gordon De Main ... Narcotics Squad (uncredited)

Sayre Dearing ... Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
Frank Fanning ... Detective at Nightclub (uncredited)

Frank Hagney ... Marine (uncredited)
Pat Harmon ... Diner Customer (uncredited)
Harold Healy ... Phil Wilson (uncredited)

Walter Miller ... Pilot (uncredited)
Philip Morris ... Detective (uncredited)
Ferdinand Munier ... Hocheimer (uncredited)

Frank O'Connor ... Detective with Lt. Coffey (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Pilot (uncredited)

Franklin Pangborn ... Man in Private Office (uncredited)

Paul Panzer ... Canadian Airport Contact (uncredited)

Nat Pendleton ... Motorcycle Policeman (uncredited)
Russ Powell ... Counterman at Second Diner (uncredited)

Dewey Robinson ... Canadian Airport Contact (uncredited)
William Stack ... Maitre D' (uncredited)

Sheila Terry ... Weber's Secretary (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Marine Recruiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred E. Green 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rian James  story "Some Call It Love"
John Francis Larkin  writer

Produced by
Raymond Griffith .... supervising producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
James Van Trees 
Film Editing by
Ray Curtiss 
Art Direction by
Jack Okey 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
Paul Mantz .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
Ray Heindorf .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Cliff Hess .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Harry Warren .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
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65 min
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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 »
Bill Keller:Well, did you get any breaks today, kid?
Patricia 'Alabama' Brent:No, I guess people have stopped writing letters. I've got a sneakin' idea there's an oversupply of typewriter massagers.
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
every minute entertaining, 20 May 2001
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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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