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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 »

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 Thomas E. Jackson ... Detective Lt. Coffey
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lyle Talbot ... Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Em Plenas Nuvens 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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

American born Hispanic actor, Leo Carrillo, who played the evil boss, Weber, is better known for his roll as Pancho in "The Cisco Kid" TV series (1950 - 1956). See more »

Quotes

Toodles Cooper: I knew a dame would spoil things, just when you landed a good job.
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Connections

Featured in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

The Marines' Hymn
(uncredited)
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 jbacks3-1See 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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