Living on Velvet

Synopsis: Terry Parker (George Brent) is shattered by the crash of his airplane which killed his parents and sister, and adopts a listless attitude toward life. But romance enters in the person of Amy Prentiss (Kay Francis), the girl friend of his best friend, Gibraltar (Warren William), who graciously lets love take its course and even helps the couple get married and get located. Amy tries to steer Terry out of his irresponsible ways but fails and eventually leaves him, only to be reunited when called to Terry's side after he has been in an automobile crash.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Frank Borzage
Production: Warner Bros.
80 min


Are we going to be late

for the dance, Terry?

Don't worry, Sis'. The "Parker Express"

will get to Newport alright.

It's getting pretty thick, isn't it, son?

Not so bad.

Is anything wrong, Terry?

Not a thing, mother.

Out of gas, son?

Pretty low, Dad.

I've got to find a hole quick.

What's the matter, Terry?

Nothing, mother.

I'm just trying to shake this fog.

[ Tannoy ]

"Nine pursuit planes are to take

off in an echelon "V" formation."

"Captain Ramsay will lead."

Who in the blazes is that?

Watch out for this crate coming under.

We can't understand what's going on.

This plane, that came from nowhere,

is raising havoc with the "V" formation.

Follow me.

He's disrupting the entire

formation .. what a mess.

Land by section.

Now he's waving the plane to the ground.

Either he's a practical joker,

or he's just insane.

Captain .. bring that man to me.

The Major would like

to have a talk with you.

Here he is, sir.

What's your name?

Terence C. Parker.

What the devil were you doing out there?

The "C" stands for Clarence.

Oh, I was doing a bit flying up there.

Oh, you were.

You deliberately made a

mess of our manoeuvres.

You better have a good

explanation and be quick about it.

I'm afraid if I'm quick about it,

it won't be a very good explanation.

However, with a few minutes talk

I'm sure I can give you a Jim-Dandy.

What did you say your name was?

Still, Terence C. Parker.

The "C" stands for Clarence.

Didn't you fly the airmail

a few years back?

Ah ..

Major .. this is the Terry Parker who

flew the New York/Chicago route.

You remember when, for no reason, he flew

the mail to Montreal instead of Chicago.

For no reason at all?

Oh no, that's not fair.

Have you any idea of the monotony of

flying between New York and Chicago?

And Chicago/New York, night after night.

I see .. and I suppose you thought

our manoeuvres were monotonous?

You're right, Captain. There is nothing

more monotonous than a "V" formation.

Hold this man in custody.

Now just a minute, please.

Have I violated a law or an ordinance?

I'm a licensed pilot .. I flew the

prescribed distance above the ground.

There are no speed laws

in the air, and I'm a citizen.

You violated the ..

You broke the ..

Captain, there is a perfectly good

reason for holding this man. What is it?

Sorry, Major.

You see, some good may

result from this episode.

We all realize the need

of laws for the air.

I suggest we all write our

Congressman immediately.


Hello Terry.

Lawton told me you showed up

this morning bagging baggage.

Then I discovered that

my plane was missing.

And when I heard on the radio that some

lunatic had joined the Army manoeuvres.

Well, I just put two and two

together and got "Terry".

Ah, the old mathematical genius.

Me, I never could add.

You meant to say that it was

your plane that he was using?

I'm Walter Pritcham .. a very

good friend of General Schwartz.

I'll take charge of Parker here

and see that he behaves.

I assure you we want no part of him.

Shall I warm up the plane?

No thanks. We're going

back by car and I am driving.

If you wait a minute, I'll steal

two bicycles. It's safer.

Come on.

Or a wheelbarrow made for two.

No danger at all if you push gently.

Bye Major, bye Captain, bye Lieutenant.

Bye, Private.

I see .. all in all, a

fine eighteen months.

A trip to Alaska .. thoroughly aimless.

Four months in China. Ten days in jail

for disturbing the peace in Venezuela.

Two plane smash-ups, two

broken ribs, one lawsuit.

And now an uninvited participant

in the Air Corps manoeuvres.

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Jerry Wald

Jerry Wald (September 16, 1911 – July 13, 1962) was an American screenwriter and a producer of films and radio programs. more…

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