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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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Taglines:

The Greatest Story of Gangland Ever Written! (Print Ad- Albany Evening Journal, ((Albany, NY)) 1 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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Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone) (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Quotes

Louis Beretti: Say, this room ain't big enough for both us. This town ain't big enough. If you ever bump into me, you better see me first, you dirty, sneaking rat!
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Over There
Composed by George M. Cohan
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28 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Born Reckless (1930)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

John Ford drama about a wannabe gangster (Edmund Lowe) who gets busted after a heist but instead of going to prison, the judge makes a deal with him. Instead of jail the man will enlist for WW1 and if he serves his country proudly then the judge will throw out the evidence against him. This all goes well and the man returns home a war hero but he soon learns that his old gang has killed his brother in law so he goes out for revenge no matter what it might cost him. In the end, this film is killed by its standard and routine screenplay, which tries to do way too much and it doesn't do any of them in any original form. The movies tries to mix the gangster genre with a war genre with an added touch of the revenge drama but all three are boring and don't feature anything we hadn't seen countless times in the silent era. I've never been a fan of Lowe but he actually comes off decent here and plays the role off as well as can be expected. The supporting cast, including Lee Tracy, are all standard and forgettable. The climax of the movie is certainly the best thing and Ford's use of a swinging door leads to a great thing but there's nothing else going on here.


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