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Reckless Decision (1933)

| Drama | 1933 (USA)
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
Rev. John MacDougall
Leila McIntyre ...
Mary MacDougall
Adele Riggs ...
Ellen Devereaux, Helen's Mother
Marion Quigley ...
Helen 'Sugar' Devereaux
Donald Thompson ...
Tom Devereaux
Detective Cahill
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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1.37 : 1
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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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clunky yet fascinating early 30's exploitation patchwork
10 January 2004 | by (south Texas USA) – See all my reviews

This feature, known as both PROTECT YOUR DAUGHTERS and RECKLESS DECISION (the latter is the title on my copy), features a frame story--shot on one small set-up with a static camera and actors talking in the manner of the padded footage in a Jerry Warren film such as ATTACK OF THE MAYAN MUMMY--and a core story from another film that takes up about 75% of the film. Interestingly, the credits contain the names of some of the actors in the frame story as well as actors CUT from the frame story! And the actors in the main story, including well-known William Farnum, are NOT listed in the credits. There's not much sleaze here if that's what you are looking for--this is even tamer than the sound version of ROAD TO RUIN. The credit for photographer Frank Zukor (aka Zucker) leads me to believe that the frame story may have been a NYC-based Bud Pollard production (Pollard is best-known today for his 1940's Black-cast films and for being president of the Screen Directors' Guild). Zukor shot Pollard's VICTIM OF PERSECUTION and some Yiddish-language features. Perhaps some Yiddish film scholar can enlighten us about the origin of this film. There's undoubtedly an interesting story behind this strange patchwork feature( While we're discussing exploitation films, I believe SEX MADNESS was also made by people who otherwise made Yiddish films). However, this film will be of interest ONLY to the serious student of exploitation films or odd patchwork features such as, say, GUN CARGO or CALL OF THE ROCKIES.

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