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Director:
Writers:
P.J. Wolfson (screen play)
David O. Selznick (from a story by)
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Release Date:
19 April 1935 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Mammoth Musical Melodrama
Plot:
Wealthy Bob Harrison buys all the seats in the theatre to watch Mona Leslie's musical by himself. He loves her... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jean Harlow ... Mona Leslie

William Powell ... Ned Riley

Franchot Tone ... Bob Harrison

May Robson ... Granny
Ted Healy ... Smiley

Nat Pendleton ... Blossom

Rosalind Russell ... Josephine (Jo) Mercer

Mickey Rooney ... Eddie
Henry Stephenson ... Colonel Harrison
Man Mountain Dean ... Man Mountain Dean - Wrestler (as Man-Mountain Dean)
Robert Light ... Paul Mercer

Allan Jones ... Allan
Carl Randall ... Carl Randall
Louise Henry ... Louise
James Ellison ... Dale Every

Nina Mae McKinney ... Nina Mae McKinney - Singer

Leon Ames ... Ralph Watson (as Leon Waycoff)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ... Gold Dust (as Farina)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eadie Adams ... Chorine / Mona's Singing Voice (uncredited)
Robert Andrews ... Mona's Baby (uncredited)
Hooper Atchley ... Reporter (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Nurse (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Policeman Re-arresting Mona (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Reporter (uncredited)
Stuart Casey ... Mr. John Gaylord (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Theresa Maxwell Conover ... Woman with Smiley at Racetrack (uncredited)
Nick Copeland ... Reporter (uncredited)
John Davidson ... Sid - Mona's Lawyer (uncredited)
Jan Duggan ... Chairwoman (uncredited)

Margaret Dumont ... Woman in Audience Yelling 'Get Off the Stage' (uncredited)
Bill Elliott ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Dick Elliott ... Man Near Drums (uncredited)
Paul Ellis ... Shipboard Gigolo in 'Reckless' Number (uncredited)

Paul Fix ... Man on Mechanical Horse (uncredited)
Sam Flint ... Jo Mercer's Father (uncredited)
John Gallaudet ... Doorman at Poker Game (uncredited)
Jean Gunn ... Little Girl Singer (uncredited)
Ernie Haynes ... Wrestler (uncredited)
Earlene Heath ... Chorine (uncredited)
Harold Huber ... Nick Londos (uncredited)
Isabelle Keith ... Woman in Audience who throws Purse (uncredited)
Henry Kolker ... Mr. Gearhart (uncredited)
Rosina Lawrence ... Chorine (uncredited)
Billie Lee ... Chorine (uncredited)
Edward LeSaint ... Member of Coroner's Jury (uncredited)
Theodore Lorch ... Member of Coroner's Jury (uncredited)
Lorna Low ... Chorine (uncredited)
Mae Madison ... Chorine (uncredited)
Mary Jo Mathews ... Chorine (uncredited)

Charles Middleton ... District Attorney (uncredited)
Charles R. Moore ... Train Porter (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Racetrack Spectator / Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Jack Mulhall ... Paul's Restrainer in Bar (uncredited)
Franklin Parker ... Reporter (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Man Raising Stage Curtain (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Donna Mae Roberts ... Chorine (uncredited)
Frances Robinson ... Chorine (uncredited)
Fred Santley ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Paul's Restrainer in Bar (uncredited)
Rafael Storm ... Mona's First Dance Partner in 'Reckless' Number (uncredited)
Kay Sutton ... Woman with Paul in Audience (uncredited)

Akim Tamiroff ... Chef at Wedding (uncredited)
Albert Taylor ... Racetrack Spectator / Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Libby Taylor ... Bertha - Mona's and Granny's Maid (uncredited)
Irene Thompson ... Chorine (uncredited)
David Thursby ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jim Toney ... Man in Hallway (uncredited)
Edna Waldron ... Chorine (uncredited)
Alice Weaver ... Chorine (uncredited)
Lloyd Whitlock ... Racetrack Spectator / Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Charles C. Wilson ... Newspaper Editor (uncredited)
Barbara Worth ... Chorine (uncredited)
William Worthington ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
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Directed by
Victor Fleming 
 
Writing credits
P.J. Wolfson (screen play)

David O. Selznick (from a story by) (as Oliver Jeffries)

Norman Krasna  contributing writer (uncredited)
Ted Shane  contributing writer (uncredited)
Donald Ogden Stewart  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
David O. Selznick .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jack Virgil (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
George J. Folsey (photographed by) (as George Folsey)
 
Film Editing by
Margaret Booth (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Dorian .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Merrill Pye .... associate art director
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Robert Shirley .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert J. Bronner .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Charles Lawton Jr. .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Victor Baravalle .... orchestra conductor
Wayne Allen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert Stothart .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Jack Virgil .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edward Ward .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Chester Hale .... dances staged by
Carl Randall .... dances staged by
Betty Halsey .... dance double: Jean Harlow (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
97 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #736) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
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:
Continuity: 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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Queer as Folk: Episode #4.2" (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
TrocaderoSee more »

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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A Tragic Pairing, 27 October 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Although Jean Harlow disliked playing this part in Reckless because she was a friend of Libby Holman on whom her part is based, she did it anyway, because it was a great part and she turned in a great performance. It was also her first of two films with William Powell whom she was going to marry at the time she died.

No doubt the notoriety of the Zachary Smith Reynolds suicide which was in the presence of Ms. Holman, well known torch singer from the twenties was a wonderful story. Can you see the wheels turning in Louis B. Mayer's mind? Star Jean Harlow in this film, also because of her own suicide scandal involving her late husband, Paul Bern. This can't miss at the box office and it didn't.

Of course if the film were made today, it would also include Libby Holman's lesbian affairs. As the Code was now in place, that was an aspect that MGM couldn't film in Reckless.

Although Harlow is clearly in the lead, Franchot Tone also got one of his best roles as the young millionaire from the horsey set who's not wrapped too tight although that's not apparent at first. For once his part from MGM did not include just wearing tails and being charming.

Of the leads William Powell is clearly in third place, he just has to be dapper and supportive as the family lawyer for Harlow and grandmother May Robson. He gets to do a great drunk act though. Speaking of Robson her part in Reckless probably led to her being cast as Janet Gaynor's grandmother in A Star Is Born.

This was an early film for Rosalind Russell who plays the girl Tone jilts when he marries Harlow. She plays it nice and supportive. Russell did China Seas as well with Harlow and in her memoirs, she says that Harlow was a kind, generous, and supportive to a new kid on the lot. Who could know she would be dead within two years.

Reckless is one of Jean Harlow's best acted parts in her career. Fans of her and Franchot Tone should not miss this film by any means.

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