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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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He's going to get his girl back . . . no matter what it takes! 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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pine-Thomas Productions 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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Mediocre, At Best
8 July 2018 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Spotty 1948 programmer. On the whole, the mix of humor and oil well theatrics fails to achieve much impact. Events simply follow one another without really building. Too bad, for example, that Hugo's slow drowning from being trapped in an oil tank is not played up. The tension in that sort of setup is maximo to say the least. Then too Corrigan's comedic antics as Hugo are too often overdone and don't blend that well. I suspect the overall results were aimed at a mostly youthful audience. Also, it looks like the plot of blue-collar workers vying for the same girl is borrowed from such betters as Flowing Gold (1940) and Manpower (1941). But those were studio produced with much bigger budgets and stars than this indie production. Frankly, I tuned in to catch the sparkly Barbara Britton of TV's Mr. & Mrs. North in movie form. Trouble is her tag-along character Betty is pretty grim-faced throughout. In fact, I hardly recognized her. Anyway, there's a few good oil field scenes, while the few process shots are not obvious. Nonetheless, the 70-minutes amounts to a standard programmer and little more. Maybe for a slow evening, at best.


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