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Born Reckless (1930)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, War | 6 June 1930 (USA)
Hoping to use the publicity to get re-elected, a judge sentences a notorious gangster to fight in the war.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Dudley Nichols (screenplay), Dudley Nichols (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edmund Lowe ... Louis Beretti
Catherine Dale Owen ... Joan Sheldon
William Harrigan ... Good News Brophy
Marguerite Churchill ... Rosa Beretti
Warren Hymer ... Big Shot
Lee Tracy ... Bill O'Brien
Frank Albertson ... Frank Sheldon
Ilka Chase ... High Society Customer at Beretti's
Ferike Boros ... Ma Beretti
Paul Porcasi ... Pa Beretti
Joe Brown Joe Brown ... Needle Beer Grogan - Bartender
Ben Bard ... Joe Bergman
Pat Somerset ... Duke
Eddie Gribbon ... Bugs
Mike Donlin ... Maurice 'Fingy' Moscovitz
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Hoping to use the publicity to get re-elected, a judge sentences a notorious gangster to fight in the war.

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Gangland's Code demanded the life of the squealer (Print Ad- Edmonton Journal, ((Edmonton Alta.)) 5 August 1930) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | French

Release Date:

6 June 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El intrépido See more »

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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Mono (MovieTone) (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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"He got plugged"
27 January 2016 | by drjgardnerSee all my reviews

"Born Restless" is a 1930 gangster film that surely rates as one of the worst gangster films of all time, made even worse when you think of the great gangster films that came out in the early 30s – "The Big House" (1930), "Little Caesar" (1931), "Public Enemy" (1931), "The Beast of the City" (1932), "Scarface" (1932), etc.

The version I saw had the worst sound of any film I've viewed, so this added to the problem.

Edmund Lowe plays the star. Lowe was a leading man in the silent era ("East of Suez". "What Price Glory") and he plays this one as if it were a silent film, and given how poor the dialogue is, you wish it was a silent film. He did some good work later on (e.g., "Dinner at Eight", Dillinger") but in this film he is wooden.

Lowe isn't the only wooden actor. Almost all the scenes are staged with nary a movement.

This is a John Ford production and Ford gets credit as a co-director. It reminds us that while Ford gave us about a dozen of the finest films ever made, he had a lot of clunkers too, and among his finest films I can't recall a gangster film.

All things considered there isn't any reason to watch this film. You may be curious, as was I, about viewing an early John Ford film, but give this one a miss and go with "The Lost Patrol" (1934) or "The Informer" (1935).


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