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Reckless (1935)

Wealthy Bob Harrison buys all the seats in the theatre to watch Mona Leslie's musical by himself. He loves her, her agent Ned Riley loves her. Conflict ensues.

Director:

Victor Fleming

Writers:

P.J. Wolfson (screen play), David O. Selznick (from a story by) (as Oliver Jeffries)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Harlow ... Mona Leslie
William Powell ... Ned Riley
Franchot Tone ... Bob Harrison
May Robson ... Granny
Ted Healy ... Smiley
Nat Pendleton ... Blossom
Rosalind Russell ... Josephine (Jo) Mercer
Mickey Rooney ... Eddie
Henry Stephenson ... Col. Harrison
Man Mountain Dean Man Mountain Dean ... Man Mountain Dean - Wrestler (as Man-Mountain Dean)
Robert Light ... Paul Mercer
Allan Jones ... Allan
Carl Randall Carl Randall ... Carl Randall
Louise Henry ... Louise
James Ellison ... Dale Every
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Storyline

Wealthy Bob Harrison buys all the seats in the theatre to watch Mona Leslie's musical by himself. He loves her, her agent Ned Riley loves her. Conflict ensues. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Taglines:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Mammoth Musical Melodrama See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die öffentliche Meinung See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$858,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was a disappointment at the box office for MGM, resulting in a loss of $125,000 ($1.13M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

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Quotes

Granny: Get out of my way, you gorilla!
Blossom: Why does she always call me a gorilla? Ain't I a man like everybody else?
Smiley: No.
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Referenced in Hollywood: The Golden Years (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Trocadero
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Sung by Jean Harlow (dubbed by Virginia Verrill) and Allan Jones
Danced by Jean Harlow and Carl Randall and the chorus
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Reckless is a wreck.
14 December 2011 | by st-shotSee all my reviews

Jean Harlow shows she can neither dance or sing well in Reckless, A Selznick driven production cynically attempting to cash in on the "Platinum Blonde's" tabloid fresh brief marriage to producer Paul Bern. The role is tailored made for the better voiced, trained dancer Crawford but MGM and director Victor Fleming instead opt for evasive action shooting Jean's double in long shot from the side and hiding her behind the gaudy costumes of the chorus to make up for her hoofer inefficiencies. When she sings (or is dubbed) the Kern, Hammerstein tune Reckless it comes across as bad Mae West.

Ned Riley (William Powell) manages the blossoming Broadway career of Mona Leslie. He wants to marry her but vacillates and loses her to spoiled playboy Bob Harrison (Franchot Tone) who on a whim buys out an entire show to watch her perform alone. They rush into marriage, Bob dumping intended "Jo" ( Roz Russell ) much to the discomfort of the upper crust society that Leslie feels out of place in. When Jo quickly rebounds and marries Bob predictably acts out and things snowball from there to tragedy.

In its early scenes Reckless is buoyantly screwball, eventually becoming deadly serious before sealing its fate with an insipid redemption. Harlow underwhelms in every way. Somewhat detached to both lovers she provides little spark in her scenes with either though Powell and Tone acquit themselves well in their respective roles. Shot from the waist up smiling as she plows through her dance numbers Fleming goes as far as dissolving a trained professionals steps and gams to Harlow's upper torso in one shot to pull off the ruse. By throwing caution to the wind and playing against Harlow's weaknesses Selznick's actions regarding this picture are succinctly summed up in the title.


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