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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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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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After the movie was completed and shot as a straight drama, MGM decided to make it into a musical, so production was resumed. This became one of Jean Harlow's few real flops. It's failure pleased Libby Holman immensely. 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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Version of Sing, Sinner, Sing (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Ev'rything's Been Done Before
(1935)
Music Jack King
Lyrics by Edwin H. Knopf (as Edwin Knopf) and Harold Adamson
Sung by Allan Jones (uncredited)
Danced by Jean Harlow (uncredited) and chorus
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Harlow, Powell, and Robson are a delight but...
31 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

...this movie rapidly descends into maudlin melodrama that is practically unwatchable. The movie starts out with promise with a feisty Granny Lesie (May Robson) pulling a rather hung over Ned Riley (William Powell) out of bed to bail playful star Mona Leslie (Jean Harlow) out of jail. These early scenes would make any fan of these three want to stick around for more, but believe me, you'll regret that decision. Things go downhill rapidly when Mona meets avid fan and drunken playboy Bob Harrison Jr. (Franchot Tone), whose enthusiasm wanes and drunkenness worsens after the two are hastily married. Every indignity you can think of is flung at Harlow's character at a time in Harlow's life when she herself had recently been through a great personal tragedy, and you just get the feeling that MGM is using that tragedy to sell movie tickets. It really is a sad spectacle for any Harlow fan.

The melodrama grows to ridiculous proportions by the end of the film, with Mona Leslie even being booed by fans and her giving a preposterous on stage speech as a result. All of this just crowds out any promise with which the film started. Avoid this one.


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