THE LIFE OF JIMMY DOLAN
aka THE KIDS LAST FLIGHT
DIRECTED BY ARCHIE MAYO
PRODUCED BY HAL B. WALLIS
INFORMATION FROM IMDb
Prizefighter Jimmy Dolan accidentally kills a man at a party and escapes.
He hides out at a health farm for invalid children and begins to lose his cynicism under the influence of the children and of
Peggy and Mrs. Moore, who run the farm. When a detective recognizes him,
Jimmy must decide whether to escape or stay and face his responsibilities to the children.
Summary written by Jim Beaver
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. .... Jimmy Dolan
Loretta Young .... Peggy
Aline MacMahon .... Auntie, aka Mrs. Moore
Guy Kibbee .... Phlaxer
Lyle Talbot .... Doc Wood
Fifi D'Orsay .... Budgie
Harold Huber .... Reggie Newman
Shirley Grey .... Goldie
George Meeker .... Magee
John Wayne .... Smith
Arthur Hohl .... Malvin
Edward Arnold .... Inspector (uncredited)
Joan Barclay .... Well-Wisher (uncredited)
Robert Barrat .... Sheriff (uncredited)
Don Brodie .... Bit on Stairway (uncredited)
George Chandler .... Handler (uncredited)
Arthur Dekuh .... Louie Primaro (uncredited)
James Donlan .... Man With Flask (uncredited)
David Durand .... George (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer .... Fight Extra (uncredited)
Sam Godfrey .... Reporter (uncredited)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins .... Sam (uncredited)
John Kerns .... Opponent (uncredited)
Mike Lally .... Reporter in Ring (uncredited)
John Marston .... Matt Lenihan (uncredited)
Frank McGrath .... First Referee (uncredited)
Clarence Muse .... Masseur (uncredited)
Bradley Page .... One of Dolan's Backers (uncredited)
Lee Phelps .... Ring Announcer (uncredited)
Mickey Rooney .... Freckles (uncredited)
John Sheehan .... Fight Manager (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock .... Reporter in Ring (uncredited)
Anne Shirley .... Mary Lou (uncredited)
Sammy Stein .... King Cobra (uncredited)
Arthur Vinton .... Matt Lenihan (uncredited)
Huey White .... Handler (uncredited)
Bertram Millhauser (play Sucker) and
Beulah Marie Dix (play Sucker)
David Boehm and
Erwin S. Gelsey
The film was shot over a period of 28 days.
This film is based on the play "Sucker", which opened off-broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 4 April 1933.
Aline MacMahon, who played Loretta Young's middle-aged mother in this film, that same year co-starred as a showgirl alongside Ruby Keeler and Joan Blondell in Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933).
Edward Arnold (Inspector Ennis) and Mickey Rooney (Freckles) appear in this film uncredited, though essential characters to the story.
This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in New York City Saturday 13 October 1956 on WABD (Channel 5), in Portland, Oregon Wednesday 14 November 1956 on KOIN (Channel 6), in Bloomingtonn, Illinois Tuesday 4 December 1956 on WTTV (Channel 4), and in San Francisco Wednesday 2 January 1957 on KPIX (Channel 5). For over 60 years, it's been a frequent flyer on local television, and, later, on cable, where it's now found a permanent home in the Turner Classic Movies library, and enjoys regular showings on TCM much to the delight of its devoted fans.
The car Doc drives is a 1931 Lincoln Model K convertible sedan. MSRP was $6,800 ($107,000 in 2017). Only 3,311 1931 Lincolns of all types were made. At auction, in excellent condition, this car could easily fetch well over $100,000 in 2017.
The police broadcast the license number of Dolan's car in which Woods and Goldie are fleeing (1U-42-91), but it's not the same as the actual license plate of their Lincoln which is visible in several shots (4B72-47); when the car is wrecked, it suddenly changes from a Lincoln to a Ford, and now bears the same license number as the one originally broadcast.
In the chase scene with Woods and Goldie, one of the police motorcycles has three lights at the beginning, but only two during and after the pursuit.
When Phlaxer tells Inspector Ennis the body in the car isn't Jimmy Dolan, one reason he gives is that Dolan's wrist size was different and the watch band on the body was fastened in a different hole. The newspaper said the body was "reduced to ashes in the flames".
A fire that hot would also destroy a leather watch band.