Parachute Jumper (1933)

65, 70 or 73 mins | Drama | 28 January 1933

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Cinematographer:

James Van Trees

Editor:

Ray Curtiss

Production Designer:

Jack Okey

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Rian James's original story was entitled "Some Call It Love." HR notes that director Al Green replaced William Dieterle when the latter's prior picture was delayed. According to production records included in the file on the film in the AMPAS Library, the film was shot in twenty-seven days for a total cost of $206,000. Modern sources note that a clip of the film appears in Bette Davis' 1962 film Whatever Happened to Baby Jane ... More Less

Rian James's original story was entitled "Some Call It Love." HR notes that director Al Green replaced William Dieterle when the latter's prior picture was delayed. According to production records included in the file on the film in the AMPAS Library, the film was shot in twenty-seven days for a total cost of $206,000. Modern sources note that a clip of the film appears in Bette Davis' 1962 film Whatever Happened to Baby Jane ." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
27 Jan 33
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Sep 32
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Dec 32
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
31 Dec 32
p. 38.
New York Times
26 Jan 33
p. 12.
Variety
31 Jan 33
p. 12.
DETAILS
Release Date:
28 January 1933
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
14 January 1933
Copyright Number:
LP3557
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65, 70 or 73
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Bill Keller and Toodles Cooper arrive in New York after they leave the United States Marines, expecting to find jobs as commercial pilots. Learning that the company which hired them has since gone out of business, they join the ranks of the unemployed. Down to his last fifty cents, Bill meets Patrica Kent, known as Alabama for her southern accent, and buys her breakfast with the remains of his money. He suggests that she join him and Toodles in their apartment, and after she is convinced that his intentions are honorable, she agrees. Bill tries his hand at parachute jumping and is nearly killed when he lands on the railroad tracks in front of an oncoming train. After promising Alabama that he will never attempt the stunt again, he overhears two chauffeurs talking about a woman, Mrs. Newberry, who needs an elegant chauffeur. He spends the money he earned from jumping on a new uniform and gets the job. Mrs. Newberry is being kept by Kurt Weber, a bootlegger. He discovers her in compromising circumstances with Bill but, impressed by Bill's coolness in the situation, he kicks Mrs. Newberry out of the apartment and offers Bill a position as his bodyguard. Hiding outside the office, Bill overhears Alabama flirting with Weber in an attempt to get a job as his secretary. Bill thinks that she is fickle and they quarrel. Later, during a routine smuggling flight into Canada, Bill and Toodles are chased by the Border Patrol. Believing them to be hijackers, Bill shoots down the airplanes. Alabama saves Bill from a frame-up by Weber's henchman Steve and convinces ... +


Bill Keller and Toodles Cooper arrive in New York after they leave the United States Marines, expecting to find jobs as commercial pilots. Learning that the company which hired them has since gone out of business, they join the ranks of the unemployed. Down to his last fifty cents, Bill meets Patrica Kent, known as Alabama for her southern accent, and buys her breakfast with the remains of his money. He suggests that she join him and Toodles in their apartment, and after she is convinced that his intentions are honorable, she agrees. Bill tries his hand at parachute jumping and is nearly killed when he lands on the railroad tracks in front of an oncoming train. After promising Alabama that he will never attempt the stunt again, he overhears two chauffeurs talking about a woman, Mrs. Newberry, who needs an elegant chauffeur. He spends the money he earned from jumping on a new uniform and gets the job. Mrs. Newberry is being kept by Kurt Weber, a bootlegger. He discovers her in compromising circumstances with Bill but, impressed by Bill's coolness in the situation, he kicks Mrs. Newberry out of the apartment and offers Bill a position as his bodyguard. Hiding outside the office, Bill overhears Alabama flirting with Weber in an attempt to get a job as his secretary. Bill thinks that she is fickle and they quarrel. Later, during a routine smuggling flight into Canada, Bill and Toodles are chased by the Border Patrol. Believing them to be hijackers, Bill shoots down the airplanes. Alabama saves Bill from a frame-up by Weber's henchman Steve and convinces him to resign. Bill agrees to help Weber one more time, but when he discovers that they have unknowingly been smuggling narcotics along with the alcohol, Bill crashes his own airplane, making it look as if Weber had been flying with Bill as his captive. Toodles reinlists in the Marines and after obtaining Alabama's consent to marry him, Bill reinlists too. +

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