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Reckless

Reckless (1935)

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Reckless is a delightfully breezy screwball comedy from the same director (Victor Fleming) and star (Jean Harlow) responsible for the celebratedBombshell (itself a film clef loosely based on Clara Bow) -- with the added appeal of William Powell. One can readily see the chemistry between the two stars at work, which would lead to their impending marriage at the time of Harlow's death a year later. The sets for the Broadway number that Harlow's Mona Leslie performs in are also extraordinary.

Oct 23, 1991

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Even with big stars and an expensive production with songs by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein this is a minor film reworking of the Libby Holman tragedy. Powell is fine but in the background as is Roz in an early film where she is still in her grand lady phase. Jean does what she can in a part that for which she is hopeless ill suited. She does fine in the dramatic portions and is snappy at the beginning but she was no singer and is obviously dubbed. As a dancer well...she was a fine comedienne.
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A film that starts off as a musical/comedy and ends up more of a drama. Ned (Powell) and Mona (Harlow) are lifetime friends who are sort of a couple, but Ned won't commit. A suave millionaire, played by Franchot Tone, sweeps her away and marries her; but the marriage is doomed due to the disapproval of his high society family. Tone, who does an excellent job playing the unhappy, rich, playboy Harrison, ends of killing himself. This is where the drama starts. Mona, who is pregnant, ends up being shunned for suspected murder of Harrison. The climatic conclusion really is a tearjerker. Powell and Harlow both are so incredible in their final scenes. I've never seen a Powell performance quite like this. He also does really well with Rabson, playing granny, as they are quite fun and play off each other well. Yes, the movie switches gear from being somewhat lighthearted to melodramatic, but it just makes it feel more life-like. Apparently, this was inspired by a true story.
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