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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 »
User Reviews:
Somewhat plodding and undernourished See more (18 total) »

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:
Featured in Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell (1993) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Hear What My Heart Is SayingSee more »

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12 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Somewhat plodding and undernourished, 21 March 2003
Author: Kalaman from Ottawa

Jean Harlow can be funny and likable in such delectable classics as "Dinner at Eight", "The Girl From Missouri", "Red-Headed Woman", "Platinum Blonde", among others. But she is wasted in "Reckless", a surprisingly plodding and undernourished comedy-musical-melodrama, made for MGM and David O. Selznick, directed by Victor Fleming. Harlow's Mona Leslie, a Broadway singer whose reckless affairs with rich playboy (Franchot Tone) leads to scandal and jealousy, is one of her weakest performances. William Powell plays her secret admirer who rescues her from carelessness. May Robson is the maid whose delightful banter with Powell is one of the few likable moments in the film. As in "Personal Property" and the overrated "Libeled Lady", the film offers nothing more than its earnestly plush and overproduced MGM look. And it is obvious from the beginning that Harlow is uncomfortable with this mush; her singing and musical numbers, mostly dubbed, are highly forgettable.

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