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Born Reckless (1937)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 9 July 1937 (USA)
A champion auto racer takes a job with a taxicab company being harassed by a gangster who wants to take over all the cab companies in town.


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Complete credited cast:
Sybil Roberts
Bob 'Hurry' Kane
Jim Barnes
Lee Martin
Dad Martin
Dorothy Collins
Windy Bowman
Danny Horton (as George Wolcott)
District Attorney


Racketeer Jim Barnes is trying to force the independent taxicab-drivers to join his 'protection service" at the cost of five bucks a day. Champion race-car driver, Bob Kane, joins with his friends Lee and "Dad" Martin in a fight for the street rights of a big city. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

9 July 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Armored Taxi  »

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Technical Specs


(FMC Library Print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Due to a filming accident in which he injured two fingers of his left hand, Brian Donlevy spends almost the entire film with the hand in question either in his pocket, heavily gloved or somehow out of sight. It's finally revealed in its bandaged late in the final sequence. See more »


When "Hurry" Kane drops Sybil off at the county jail there is minimal damage to the taxi. In the next scene the taxi pulls into the garage with substantial damage. See more »

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27 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Born Reckless (1937)

** (out of 4)

Silly Fox film has gangsters running a taxi service and trying to bump off another taxi service in town. Then an auto racing champion (Brian Donlevy) joins forces with the good guys to wipe out the gangsters. This is a rather strange film throughout its 59-minute running time because at times the thing tries to be very serious but at other times its so over the top that it comes off very campy. There are several "bumper cars" type action with taxis running into one another and this is fun but it takes away from later scenes, which, again, are trying to be serious. Donlevy is good in a role where you can tell the studio would have preferred James Cagney. The supporting cast includes Rochelle Hudson, Robert Kent, Harry Carey, George Walcott and Pauline Moore.

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