Returning to his hometown after a long absence, oil-well digger William Eythe discovers that his sweetheart has gotten engaged to an older suitor. In an attempt to win back his lost love, ... See full summary »



(original screenplay), (original screenplay)

Watch Now

Free at Internet Archive



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Mona Stewart, madcap, spoiled daughter of a wealthy man, becomes upset when she learns that her father is engaged to a woman she hates. She runs away, via various modes of transportation, ... See full summary »

Director: Robert G. Vignola
Stars: David Manners, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher, Dorothy Libaire
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

People in an old, dark mansion are menaced by a maniac called "The Black Ace."

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Chester Morris, Vivienne Osborne, Frank McHugh
Half a Sinner (1940)
Adventure | Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Although young and beautiful, schoolteacher Anne Gladden fears a dull future. She finally decides to take a walk on the wild side, splurging on some fashionable new clothes and setting off ... See full summary »

Director: Al Christie
Stars: Heather Angel, John 'Dusty' King, Constance Collier
Special Agent (1949)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Johnny Douglas investigates a train robbery, committed by brothers Paul and Edmond Devereaux, in which Lucille Peters' father was killed.

Director: William C. Thomas
Stars: William Eythe, Kasey Rogers, Paul Valentine
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The tenants of an old boarding house are terrorized by an evil slumlord. One day a strange man arrives at the house and begins to help them with their problems.

Director: Berthold Viertel
Stars: Conrad Veidt, René Ray, Frank Cellier
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Emily, a pretty young Irish girl, gets a job on an English farm owned by the Tallent family. The local men take to her but the women don't, objecting to her flirtatious nature with their ... See full summary »

Director: Lance Comfort
Stars: Anne Crawford, Maxwell Reed, George Thorpe
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

After failing to be re-elected, politician Blake Washburn returns home and becomes editor of the local newspaper. When he notices the influence the paper has on the public, he uses it to appeal to potential voters in the next election.

Director: Arthur Pierson
Stars: Jeffrey Lynn, Donald Crisp, Marjorie Reynolds
Shed No Tears (1948)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A wife convinces her husband to fake his death so they can collect on the life insurance. However, he doesn't know that she has been having an affair for some time, and she has plans for the money - and they don't include him.

Director: Jean Yarbrough
Stars: Wallace Ford, June Vincent, Mark Roberts
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Director: William Berke
Stars: Richard Arlen, Ellen Drew, Leonid Kinskey
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

On the day of her wedding a young woman's fiancé doesn't show up, sleeping off the results of the previous night's wild bachelor party. Miffed, the woman decides to go ahead with the ... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Anne Nagel, Warren Hull, Henry Mollison
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A woman writes a best-selling book for women warning them about the "dangers" of men. A handsome photographer for a national magazine arrives in her town to do a feature story on her. Complications ensue.

Director: Frank Ross
Stars: Joan Caulfield, David Niven, James Robertson Justice
Redhead (1941)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young playboy and a girl marry because they think the boy's rich father will pay the girl $20,000 to divorce his son, and they will then split the money. Instead, the father works out a ... See full summary »

Director: Edward L. Cahn
Stars: June Lang, Johnny Downs, Eric Blore


Cast overview:
Joel Hawkins
Ma Hawkins
Lloyd Corrigan ...
Hugo Denton
Cab Driver
Jim Halsey
James Millican ...


Returning to his hometown after a long absence, oil-well digger William Eythe discovers that his sweetheart has gotten engaged to an older suitor. In an attempt to win back his lost love, Eythe decides to impress her with a series of daredevil oil-field stunts. Written by mennen

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


He's going to get his girl back . . . no matter what it takes! See more »







Release Date:

26 March 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Terrível Verdade  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

| (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »


Out of Nowhere
Music by Johnny Green
Played in Gus's Café
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Well oiled melodrama
31 July 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The world of the oilfields and the grand opera are about as disparate as you can get. But this Pine-Thomas production from Paramount has some similar plot lines as MGM's Maytime.

William Eythe has come home, he's an oil field roustabout traveling any place at anytime when a new oil field opens up with jobs. All that has made him Mr. Reckless, Eythe will do just about anything on a dare. But one thing he won't do is settle down and girl friend Barbara Britton is tired of waiting. She's decided to marry Nestor Paiva who owns a traveling eatery that caters to the oil field workers. You can imagine how Eythe takes the news, especially since he's friends with Paiva as well.

Mr. Reckless is one well oiled melodrama ending with the inevitable clash between Eythe and Paiva. Some nice location shots of the work at the oil drills and a patriotic coda as to how oil will save the world. In the 66 years between this film and now that's certainly been the case.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Mr. Reckless (1948) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: