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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ned Riley
Bob Harrison
Ted Healy ...
Josephine (Jo) Mercer
Henry Stephenson ...
Colonel Harrison
Man Mountain Dean ...
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Robert Light ...
Paul Mercer
Carl Randall ...
Carl Randall
Louise Henry ...
James Ellison ...
Dale Every


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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Drama | Musical | Comedy


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Release Date:

19 April 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die öffentliche Meinung  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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: The Golden Years (1961) 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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Laughs, cheers and tears
7 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Laughs, cheers and tears

This 1936 MGM production has much going for it. Again Harlow rules. Harlow’s performance featuring her unparalleled comedic timing, dancing, and most of all pathos sets the pace for excellent support from the ever smooth Bill Powell. This winner was directed by Victor Fleming (Wizard of Oz, Gone With The Wind etc), and written by David O Selznick (Portrait of Jenny, Duel in the Sun etc). A very young 15 year old Mickey Rooney has an unbilled 2 walk-ons and shows what will come as he progresses up his ladder to stardom. Supporting these are a glib Nat Pendleton, and Ted Healy as Powell’s pals. Healy by the way gave a start to the 3 Stooges in his vaudeville act. But that’s another story. Allan Jones has a singing number here. MGM thought well enough of him to give him a staring roll to Irene Dunne in the following years great production of Show Boat, another must see extravaganza. This film is not a comedy though it starts out as one. Developing quickly into a drama, and eventually a tragedy. Reckless is lavish and is not to be missed. Bring some Kleenex. Again Harlow rules.

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