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Parachute Jumper (1933)

Passed | | Drama | 28 January 1933 (USA)
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To share expenses, unemployed Alabama moves 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 ... Detective Lt. Coffey
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Storyline

To share expenses, unemployed Alabama moves 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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Seventy-five Smackers a Jump- and Most of it Goes to Widows! (Print Ad- The Dispatch, ((Lexington, NC)) 6 February 1933)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed
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Trivia

A contemporary article in The Hollywood Reporter noted director Alfred E. Green replaced William Dieterle when the latter's previous picture was delayed. See more »

Goofs

Bill is depicted taking off in a Curtis Wright Fledgling with registration NR8674. However, once up in the air, this is the plane he transfers to - and then falls off. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Newberry: I'm making an exception in your case. All of my chauffeurs have been Frenchmen. I think, as a rule, they are, they're more versatile.
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Connections

Referenced in Arena: Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

The Marines' Hymn
(uncredited)
Traditional Marines song (circa 1850)
Played during opening credits and often as background
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depression film
15 August 2013 | by blanche-2See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1933 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$206,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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