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Reckless Decision (1933)

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A mother and father try to find a way to protect their young daughter against the influences of booze, wild parties and (gasp!) dancing during the Jazz Age.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Beth MacDougall
Don Dillaway ...
Larry Bennett
William Farnum ...
Rev. John MacDougall
Leila McIntyre ...
Mary MacDougall
Edward Woods ...
Dorothy Granger ...
Adele Riggs ...
Ellen Devereaux, Helen's Mother
Marion Quigley ...
Helen 'Sugar' Devereaux
Donald Thompson ...
Tom Devereaux
Detective Cahill
Otis Harlan ...
Justice of the Peace Michael O'Connors
Doris Eaton ...
Doris Devereaux (edited from 'Tell Your Children') (archive footage)
Walter Tennyson ...
Bill (edited from 'Tell Your Children') (archive footage)
Margaret Halstan ...
Doris' Stepmother (edited from 'Tell Your Children') (archive footage)
Warwick Ward ...
The Duke (edited from 'Tell Your Children') (archive footage)


A mother and father try to find a way to protect their young daughter against the influences of booze, wild parties and (gasp!) dancing during the Jazz Age.

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1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Protect Your Daughters  »

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Per page 2102 of the American Film Institute Catalog: Feature Films 1931-40 (which lists this picture as "Suspicious Mothers"), all of the flashback scenes in Reckless Decision were taken from an earlier produced film, which has since been identified as Tell Your Children (1922). See more »


Larry Bennett: [to his wife, who is growing impatient] "Keep your pants, your shoes, keep them on!"
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Edited from Marriage on Approval (1933) See more »

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6 December 2003 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

AN UPDATED COMMENT This is an exploitation film produced by John Noble for High-Art Pictures, and has also been released with two other titles: PROTECT YOUR DAUGHTERS and SUSPICIOUS MOTHERS, highly cut while incorporating a large portion from an earlier feature from the same year: MARRIAGE ON APPROVAL, also a pre-Code work, mild as it may be in delineating the differences between improper and socially correct behaviour. The premier historian of American sound film during the period 1929/60, Les Adams, who possesses the work's original pressbook, supplies this data, and adds that the production of MARRIAGE was most likely sold for television reproduction c. 1949 and that the alternated titles subsequently appeared. The long first scene is obviously a latter-day appendage and is marked by such poorly structured action and patently didactic dialogue that one is apt to view with cheer the subsequent evidence of a fall from grace on the part of teenaged Beth (Barbara Kent), daughter of a preacher (William Farnum), at the hands of her lover and friends. The acting is variable in quality, as Kent, Doris Eaton, Edward Woods, and Don Dillaway contribute their best considering the material, while Adele Riggs is excruciatingly bad with her delivery, but it all matters little, as the lesson to be delivered to the audience is lost as this morality play wobbles to a weakly happy ending.

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