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Born Reckless (1930)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 6 June 1930 (USA)
Hoping to use the publicity to get re-elected, a judge sentences a notorious gangster to fight in the war.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Louis Beretti
Catherine Dale Owen ...
Joan Sheldon
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Frank Sheldon
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Rosa Beretti
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Good News Brophy
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Bill O'Brien
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Big Shot
Ilka Chase ...
High Society Customer at Beretti's
Ferike Boros ...
Ma Beretti
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Pa Beretti
Joe Brown ...
Needle Beer Grogan - Bartender
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Joe Bergman
Pat Somerset ...
Duke
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Bugs
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Maurice 'Fingy' Moscovitz
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Hoping to use the publicity to get re-elected, a judge sentences a notorious gangster to fight in the war.

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THE MASTER MIND OF GANGDOM GETS A CHANGE OF HEART! (original poster - all caps)

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Passed

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(MovieTone) (Western Electric System)

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1.20 : 1
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Look for the ultimately biggest star ... as uncredited extra

"Born Reckless" did not strike me as an appropriate title, but the original title of the story from which this movie came was simply "Louis Beretti," even more meaningless.

"Born Reckless" starts right out with action and even gunshots, but moves rather slowly throughout. But remember, this is an early sound picture, and in that context, it is very well done.

Locations range from New York to the World War I battlefield of France and back, from urban New York to the countryside, and the look we get of the era makes "Born Reckless" valuable, if not an entirely entertaining motion picture.

It has an excellent cast, with Edmund Lowe the star. He was a good actor but is little known today.

However if you look carefully, you will see the biggest star of all time ... but you have to look VERY carefully. In fact, I never did see John Wayne, although he is listed in the "uncredited" cast here at IMDb.

Quite visible, although also uncredited, is the great Randolph Scott. Also visible is the great Ward Bond, who is given billing but is on-screen in about two scenes.

Known well to John Ford aficionados is Jack Pennick, quite visible also, and whose presence always added so much. Another future cowboy star I didn't see is Bill Elliott, uncredited.

Playing the sister of the Lowe character is Marguerite Churchill, who had a couple years before co-starred with John Wayne in "The Big Trail," and it must have been interesting to be on this set with him as an unbilled extra.

Lowe's character is not especially likable, and probably the most likable character is the newspaper guy, played by Lee Tracy.

The cast alone makes "Born Reckless" very worth watching, even though the story is not very pleasant. It is, though, an interesting look at the World War I and Prohibition era America which, added to the cast, should entice you into watching.

I do recommend it, having watched it On Demand from Time Warner Cable. There is a trailer for it at YouTube.


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