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Parachute Jumper (1933)

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 ... 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Em Plenas Nuvens See more »

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Budget:

$206,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In 1962, producer-director Robert Aldrich was preparing the prologue to Что случилось с Бэби Джейн? (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 »

Quotes

Kurt Weber: Shut that door. I am extremely nervous!
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Referenced in Arena: Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

The Marines' Hymn
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Traditional Marines song (circa 1850)
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Pre-code Depression Story touches on desperate victims.
1 January 2014 | by st-shotSee all my reviews

Army flyboys Bill Keller (Doug Fairbanks Jr.) and Toodles Cooper (Frank McHugh) ditch their plane in Central America and party until they are rescued and drummed out of the service. Keller meets "Alabama" ( Bette Davis ) a girl in similar straits in the park and she agrees to move in with them. Keller finds work as a chauffeur but quits for a bigger payday as a mobster flunkie. Domestic problems ensue however when the now romantically linked Alabama goes to work for his gangster boss.

As much a comedy as melodrama this poverty row quickie doesn't shy away from the desperate times they live in as it follows three out of work victims of the depression into harms way. Keller is objectified and dehumanized by a well heeled society dame while Alabama is not averse to emphasizing her charm to get work. The boys are soon flying again but this time moving liquor, drugs and shooting down revenue agent's planes.

With the liberties offered by pre-code standards, underrated director Al Green as he does so well in Baby Face and Side Streets provides some provocative compositions not only to spice up Jumper but also to define character and times. Not as controversial or as well structured as either of the above mentioned but a nifty enough curiosity piece of the times.


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