5.4/10
298
8 user 3 critic

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 »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $3.99 (HD) on Prime Video

ON DISC

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story of Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was imprisoned after innocently treating President Lincoln's assassin in 1865.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Warner Baxter, Gloria Stuart, Claude Gillingwater
Up the River (1930)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When paroled trustee Steve and former inmate Judy who try to put their criminal lives behind them are blackmailed, two career criminals come to their rescue.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Claire Luce, Warren Hymer
Pilgrimage (1933)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A possessive mother pushes her son into World War I service rather than see him get married.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Henrietta Crosman, Heather Angel, Norman Foster
Certificate: Passed Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Navy divers clear the torpedo tube of a sunken submarine.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Kenneth MacKenna, Frank Albertson, J. Farrell MacDonald
Born Reckless (1937)
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A champion auto racer takes a job with a taxicab company being harassed by a gangster who wants to take over all the cab companies in town.

Directors: Malcolm St. Clair, Gustav Machatý
Stars: Rochelle Hudson, Brian Donlevy, Barton MacLane
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Captain Donald King of the British Army goes to India just as World War I breaks out, convincing his comrades that he is a coward. In reality, he is on a secret mission to rescue British ... See full summary »

Director: John Ford
Stars: Victor McLaglen, Myrna Loy, David Torrence
The Brat (1931)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A society novelist brings a brash young chorus girl home in order to study her for inspiration for his new novel. His family is distraught, but soon her behavior has forever altered their ... See full summary »

Director: John Ford
Stars: Sally O'Neil, Alan Dinehart, Frank Albertson
Seas Beneath (1931)
Certificate: Passed Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In the waning days of WWI, a U.S. "Mystery Ship," sets sail for the coast of Spain towing a submarine. Their mission is to find and sink a U-boat that has been especially effective in ... See full summary »

Director: John Ford
Stars: George O'Brien, Marion Lessing, Mona Maris
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Richard Girard is part of a New Orleans family working closely with the English Warburtons. When Richard meets Mary Warburton she is engaged to Erik von Gerardt. He does wed Mary but their time in America is financially difficult.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Madeleine Carroll, Franchot Tone, Reginald Denny
Air Mail (1932)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A group of air mail pilots risk their lives to deliver important mail through bad weather conditions.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Pat O'Brien, Ralph Bellamy, Gloria Stuart
Judge Priest (1934)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Judge Priest, a proud Confederate veteran, uses common sense and considerable humanity to dispense justice in a small town in the Post-Bellum Kentucky.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Will Rogers, Tom Brown, Anita Louise
Doctor Bull (1933)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Doc Bull, a no-nonsense country doctor who has served his community for decades, fights small-town prejudice and provincialism in several crises.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Will Rogers, Marian Nixon, Vera Allen
Edit

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 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
Edit

Storyline

Hoping to use the publicity to get re-elected, a judge sentences a notorious gangster to fight in the war.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

THE MASTER MIND OF GANGDOM GETS A CHANGE OF HEART! (original poster - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | French

Release Date:

6 June 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El intrépido See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone) (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Over There
Composed by George M. Cohan
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"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).


0 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed