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Mr. Reckless (1948)

Oil field worker William Eythe returns to his hometown to discover his former girlfriend is going to marry an older cafe owner. Despite his best efforts to stay away, he is continually involved with the couple with tragic results.

Director:

Frank McDonald

Writers:

Maxwell Shane (original screenplay), Milton Raison (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
William Eythe ... Jeff Lundy
Barbara Britton ... Betty Denton
Walter Catlett ... Joel Hawkins
Minna Gombell ... Ma Hawkins
Lloyd Corrigan ... Hugo Denton
Nestor Paiva ... Gus
Frank Jenks ... Cab Driver
Ian MacDonald ... Jim Halsey
James Millican ... Pete
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Storyline

Returning to his hometown after a long absence, oil-well digger William Eythe discovers that his sweetheart has gotten engaged to an older suitor. In an attempt to win back his lost love, Eythe decides to impress her with a series of daredevil oil-field stunts. Written by mennen

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A dynamite drama in the oil fields See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terrível Verdade See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Quotes

Betty Denton: You certainly have a way with men!
Ma Hawkins: Gotta treat em like mules.
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Soundtracks

Stella by Starlight
(uncredited)
Music by Victor Young
Played in Gus's Café
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okay story of competition for pretty girl....
5 July 2018 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Star William Eythe only made two more films after this, and died of hepatits at the age of 38. Eythe is "Jeff", oil field worker, who checks up on his old girl friend, and decides to try to get her back. Co-stars the awesome Walter Catlett and Barbara Britton. This one fell into public doman, but the version i saw on Moonlight Movies was actually pretty good condition. It's a Paramount short shortie, at 66 minutes, but they pack a lot into that time. Jeff is determined to show off in the oil fields to win his girlfriend back. It's okay, and since it's a B short film, it's on Moonlight Movies channel. Another Pine Thomas Production, for Paramount. Directed by Frank McDonald, king of the westerns, about half way through his directing career. Pretty solid story, if a little slow-moving.


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