A newspaper man, his ignored fiancée, and his former employee, a down on his luck reporter, hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news story into the truth in order to prevent a high-society woman from suing for libel.
Ruby falls in love with small-time con man Eddie. During a botched blackmail scheme, Eddie accidentally kills the man they were setting up. Eddie takes off and Ruby is sent to a reformatory for two years.
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
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This film's initial telecast took place in Philadelphia Tuesday 6 August 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); in San Francisco it was first aired 28 September 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), in New York City 18 May 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2), and in Los Angeles 14 June 1959 on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »
When Bob goes to the front desk to ask the number of Ned's room, a large shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the wall behind. See more »
You know, there must be something in it. Millions of people getting married every year.
Yeah, there's millions of people killed by trucks every year.
Yeah, its all on account of them women drivers. They have no, eh, let women drive.
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William Powell, Jean Harlow, and May Robson are absolute delights in "Reckless," a movie which starts out on the light side and then suddenly turns into a drama, continues down the drama road and ends at melodrama, '30s style. Powell and Harlow have wonderful chemistry. Both were natural, charismatic, and energetic performers. May Robson is a riot as Granny, and her scenes with Powell are gems.
Franchot Tone plays a millionaire playboy crazy over Harlow; Powell loves her but doesn't come out and say it. It's a very old formula, but that doesn't matter. The film is interspersed with several musical numbers that aren't particularly inspiring. Harlow's singing is dubbed, and I suspect the actual dancing parts of her dancing were also. Who cares - she just radiated beauty, warmth, and vulnerability in everything she did. The musical sections were apparently thrown in after the film was made.
I can't write for anyone else, but I was surprised when the film made its dramatic turn - and without giving anything away, particularly surprised Harlow went for it, until I read that she turned the film down because of it. William Powell convinced her to take the role. By the end of the film, we're in melodrama land. But the two stars pull it off, though it is truly ridiculous.
A young Rosalind Russell has a supporting role and essays it beautifully. It's not a great movie, but the people in it surely are.
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