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Born Reckless (1958)

Rider Kelly Cobb travels to county rodeos to win money so he can buy a patch of land he wants to call his own. He rescues trick rider Jackie Adams from the clutches of an amorous sports ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cool Man
Tom Duggan ...
Mark Wilson
Papa Gomez
Allegra Varron ...
Mama Gomez
Jim Canino ...
Jovon Monteid ...
Orlando Rodríguez ...
Okie (as Donald Barry)
Jack Lomas ...
Mayor (as Jack Loomis)
Trailer Camp Girl
Rodeo Girl
Rodeo Official


Rider Kelly Cobb travels to county rodeos to win money so he can buy a patch of land he wants to call his own. He rescues trick rider Jackie Adams from the clutches of an amorous sports writer after her saloon song, and they travel together. Jackie begins falling in love with Kelly, but he doesn't seem to notice as he continues to risk life and limb for his dream, occasionally being tempted by floozies. Jackie hopes to convince a man that was born reckless to change his roaming ways. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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And Mamie rocks 'em with 7 red-hot reckless tunes! She's the wickedest event on the big-time big-thrill rodeo circuit! And Mamie rocks 'em with 7 red-hot reckless tunes! Watch those bronc-busters try to tame Mamie! See more »


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November 1958 (USA)  »

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Född vild och galen  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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In December 1957, Director Howard W. Koch ordered a trainer to deliver "one mean bull" to the set. A huge Brahma bull was delivered which promptly broke through a chain link fence and pushed in the side of Koch's brand new convertible which was parked nearby. See more »


Jackie takes a drumstick and starts beating out a rhythm on the cymbal to start "Separate the Men from the Boys", then passes the drumstick to drummer as she proceeds to sing. Three hits on the cymbal are heard while they're passing the stick. See more »


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Something to Dream About
Written by Larry Coleman Jr. (as Larry Coleman) and Charles Singleton
Performed by Mamie Van Doren
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Harmless Fun
25 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

Born Reckless (1958)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Rodeo star Kelly Cobb (Jeff Richards) and singer Jackie Adams (Mamie Van Doren) team up to head across the country getting into various rodeo contests to win money. Usually Cobb takes a beating by not only the bulls but the various men who are constantly trying to get their hands on the sexy Adams. If you're looking for high art then BORN RECKLESS certainly isn't going to be for you but if you're looking for some fun, cheap "B" movie stuff then there's quite a bit here to enjoy. The screenplay really doesn't have too many brains working for it because we've basically got a ten-minute movie that just keeps repeating itself over and over and over again. In fact, we basically have the same thing happen meaning that Cobb and Adams arrive in a new town, he tries to win money, she gets hit on and he has to fight the guy hitting on her. This here is basically the entire movie and it's funny that the screenplay didn't try anything but instead just kept this format going throughout the picture. I really didn't mind the repeat business because it was rather funny seeing all of these guys putting their hands all over Van Doren who would then try to get away only to have to be rescued. I'm sure some might see this as rather sexist entertainment but it's at least got some campy charm to it. Richards and Van Doren don't offer excellent performances but they're good enough for a film like this. The two of them share some nice chemistry together, which helps keep the film moving. Arthur Hunnicutt nearly steals the picture as the sidekick who always has something funny to say. The soundtrack includes a decent song from Tex Williams and Van Doren also gets to do about four different numbers but none of them are memorable. BORN RECKLESS isn't a classic but I think fans of the actors should enjoy it even with all the silly stock footage.

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