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Reckless (1935)

Not Rated | | Drama, Musical, Comedy | 19 April 1935 (USA)
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:

Singing! Dancing! Romancing! (Ad cuts). See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Reckless" is a classic example of a 1930s Hollywood production number supposedly taking place in a theatrical setting with a scope and size that could never have fit on a true Broadway stage -- a model popularized by the surreal production numbers of Busby Berkeley. That said, this number's unlikely motif -- one massive set built on top of another and rotating vertically -- would actually come to pass decades later on Broadway in "Sunset Boulevard." See more »

Goofs

When Bob goes to the front desk to ask the number of Ned's room, a large shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the wall behind. See more »

Quotes

Mona Leslie: One way or the other, I've spent most of my life on a merry-go-round,
Bob Harrison: You can't get very far going around in circles.
Mona Leslie: No, but at least you're sure to get back where you started. That's something.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood: The Golden Years (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played at Jo's wedding
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Harlow, Powell, and Robson are a delight but...
31 December 2009 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

...this movie rapidly descends into maudlin melodrama that is practically unwatchable. The movie starts out with promise with a feisty Granny Lesie (May Robson) pulling a rather hung over Ned Riley (William Powell) out of bed to bail playful star Mona Leslie (Jean Harlow) out of jail. These early scenes would make any fan of these three want to stick around for more, but believe me, you'll regret that decision. Things go downhill rapidly when Mona meets avid fan and drunken playboy Bob Harrison Jr. (Franchot Tone), whose enthusiasm wanes and drunkenness worsens after the two are hastily married. Every indignity you can think of is flung at Harlow's character at a time in Harlow's life when she herself had recently been through a great personal tragedy, and you just get the feeling that MGM is using that tragedy to sell movie tickets. It really is a sad spectacle for any Harlow fan.

The melodrama grows to ridiculous proportions by the end of the film, with Mona Leslie even being booed by fans and her giving a preposterous on stage speech as a result. All of this just crowds out any promise with which the film started. Avoid this one.


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