Reckless (1935)

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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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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 <>

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Singing! Dancing! Romancing! (Ad cuts). See more »


Drama | Musical | Comedy


Not Rated | See all certifications »




Release Date:

19 April 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die √∂ffentliche Meinung  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Actress 'Nina Mae Mckinney' had a much bigger role in the film with several song numbers but actress Jean Harlow, afraid of competition had all her scenes cut, reducing Nina's role to nothing but a cameo. See more »


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 »


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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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Jean Harlow (1962) See more »


Hear What My Heart Is Saying
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Sung by Jean Harlow (uncredited) (dubbed by Virginia Verrill (uncredited)) at her comeback show
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Harlow's Flop
25 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Reckless (1935)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Really poor comedy/drama about a showgirl (Jean Harlow) who gets caught in a love triangle with a producer (William Powell) and a playboy (Franchot Tone). This is a pretty poor picture that fails as a comedy and then really fails as a drama in its second half. I'm not sure if Fleming couldn't handle the material or what but in all honesty he's not given too much to work with and even the cast sleepwalks through the film. This is certainly the worst I've seen Harlow and Powell as neither actor are up to their usual standards and Powell comes off quite boring. The supporting cast includes May Robson, Ted Healy and Mickey Rooney but none of them offer any laughs. The second half of the film turns into a drama, which tries to bring tears but this is the only segment that offers any laughs. The ending is downright insane and overly forced.

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