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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
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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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"He got plugged"
27 January 2016 | by (California) – See all my reviews

"Born Restless" is a 1930 gangster film that surely rates as one of the worst gangster films of all time, made even worse when you think of the great gangster films that came out in the early 30s – "The Big House" (1930), "Little Caesar" (1931), "Public Enemy" (1931), "The Beast of the City" (1932), "Scarface" (1932), etc.

The version I saw had the worst sound of any film I've viewed, so this added to the problem.

Edmund Lowe plays the star. Lowe was a leading man in the silent era ("East of Suez". "What Price Glory") and he plays this one as if it were a silent film, and given how poor the dialogue is, you wish it was a silent film. He did some good work later on (e.g., "Dinner at Eight", Dillinger") but in this film he is wooden.

Lowe isn't the only wooden actor. Almost all the scenes are staged with nary a movement.

This is a John Ford production and Ford gets credit as a co-director. It reminds us that while Ford gave us about a dozen of the finest films ever made, he had a lot of clunkers too, and among his finest films I can't recall a gangster film.

All things considered there isn't any reason to watch this film. You may be curious, as was I, about viewing an early John Ford film, but give this one a miss and go with "The Lost Patrol" (1934) or "The Informer" (1935).


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