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Reckless (1935)

Passed  -  Drama | Musical | Comedy  -  19 April 1935 (USA)
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Wealthy Bob Harrison buys all the seats in the theatre to watch Mona Leslie's musical by himself. He loves her, her agent Ned Riley loves her. Conflict ensues.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mona Leslie
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Ned Riley
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Bob Harrison
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Granny
Ted Healy ...
Smiley
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Blossom
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Josephine (Jo) Mercer
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Eddie
Henry Stephenson ...
Colonel Harrison
Man Mountain Dean ...
Man Mountain Dean - Wrestler (as Man-Mountain Dean)
Robert Light ...
Paul Mercer
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Allan
Carl Randall ...
Carl Randall
Louise Henry ...
Louise
James Ellison ...
Dale Every
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Storyline

Wealthy Bob Harrison buys all the seats in the theatre to watch Mona Leslie's musical by himself. He loves her, her agent Ned Riley loves her. Conflict ensues. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Mammoth Musical Melodrama

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Drama | Musical | Comedy

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Release Date:

19 April 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die öffentliche Meinung  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The film was inspired by the life of torch singer Libby Holman, whose husband, tobacco heir Zachary Smith Reynold's suicide caused a scandal (Libby was initially indicted for murder), and she was accused of murder. See more »

Goofs

As Ned, Smiley and Blossom leave a betting parlor with winnings from horse betting, they pass a jewelry shop's window display of wedding rings with a candle on each side. The candle on the right is tilted at a 45 degree angle. Both candles are vertical in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Mona Leslie: [Spoken introduction to the song, Reckless] What'll you ever be? What'll you ever do? How will you ever know if you don't take a chance?
Chorus: You have got to gamble with fate.
Mona Leslie: [singing] I wanna live, love, learn a lot. I'll light my candle and I'll burn a lot.
Chorus: You'll have some bad shots, hard knocks!
Mona Leslie: I'm on my own if I bruise.
Chorus: And there'll be smiles here, shouts here!
Mona Leslie: And I can take it on the chin if I lose, because I'm reckless!
Chorus: She's simply reckless!
Mona Leslie: Reckless!
Chorus: She's simply reckless!
[...]
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Soundtracks

Reckless
(1935)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Played during the opening and closing credits
Sung by Jean Harlow (uncredited) (dubbed by Virginia Verrill (uncredited)) in a production number
Danced by Jean Harlow (uncredited), Rafael Storm (uncredited) and chorus
Sung by Nina Mae McKinney (uncredited)
Reprised by the band at Jo's Wedding with Jean Harlow (uncredited) dancing
Played as background music often
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Jean tries her best in a part unsuited to her special gifts
10 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Even with big stars and an expensive production with songs by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein this is a minor film reworking of the Libby Holman tragedy. Powell is fine but in the background as is Rosalind in an early film where she is still in her grand lady phase. Ever the trouper Jean does what she can in a part for which she is hopelessly ill suited. She was aware of her limitations as much as anyone but went ahead with this even after expressing her doubts because it provided an opportunity for her to work with Bill Powell with whom she was personally involved. She does fine in the dramatic portions and is snappy at the beginning but she was no singer and is obviously dubbed. As a dancer well...she was a fine comedienne.


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