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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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Louis Beretti
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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 ...
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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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28 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Born Reckless (1930)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

John Ford drama about a wannabe gangster (Edmund Lowe) who gets busted after a heist but instead of going to prison, the judge makes a deal with him. Instead of jail the man will enlist for WW1 and if he serves his country proudly then the judge will throw out the evidence against him. This all goes well and the man returns home a war hero but he soon learns that his old gang has killed his brother in law so he goes out for revenge no matter what it might cost him. In the end, this film is killed by its standard and routine screenplay, which tries to do way too much and it doesn't do any of them in any original form. The movies tries to mix the gangster genre with a war genre with an added touch of the revenge drama but all three are boring and don't feature anything we hadn't seen countless times in the silent era. I've never been a fan of Lowe but he actually comes off decent here and plays the role off as well as can be expected. The supporting cast, including Lee Tracy, are all standard and forgettable. The climax of the movie is certainly the best thing and Ford's use of a swinging door leads to a great thing but there's nothing else going on here.


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