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Parachute Jumper (1933)

Passed | | 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 »


Alfred E. Green


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


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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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lyle Talbot ... Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)


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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Release Date:

28 January 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Em Plenas Nuvens See more »


Box Office


$206,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


Kurt Weber: I have seen enough. I am presenting you with a belly full of lead.
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Featured in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) See more »


The Marines' Hymn
Traditional Marines song (circa 1850)
Played during opening credits and often as background
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Fast and Fun Pre-Code with a Middle Finger
15 December 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Parachute Jumper (1933)

*** (out of 4)

Fun pre-code from Vitaphone about pilot/friends Bill (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.) and Toodles (Frank McHugh) who finds work hard to come by once they're back in the real world. They take in a woman (Bette Davis) also in a bad situation but all three eventually find work for a businessman who just happens to be bringing illegal alcohol into the States via planes. PARACHUTE JUMPER is everything you'd want from a "B" movie of this era. It features some laughs, some romance and some great action scenes. It contains a wonderful cast. It also has some amazing stunt work that can only be found in films of this era. Best of all are some pre-code moments including the highlight of the film when McHugh is trying to hitchhike by the guy doesn't stop so McHugh just stands there giving him the middle finger!!! This is certainly a film that classic movie fans are going to love for all of these reasons. It runs a very fast-paced 71-minutes and there's really no downtime to be found because everything is just happening so fast. Fairbanks, Jr. and McHugh are both in fine form delivering the type of performances that you'd expect. Davis also gets to play a sweet Southern lady but also brings out some fire at times. The supporting players include a nice, sexy role for Claire Dodd and Leo Carrillo plays the gangster. Some of the best moments happen early on during some very dangerous stunt work where a man has to climb on the wing of one plane and then walk onto the wings of another. Even today these scenes make you hold your breathe. PARACHUTE JUMPER has pretty much been forgotten over the years but fans of the "Golden Age" pre-code should enjoy it.

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