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Reckless (1935)






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A beautiful Broadway star, once again ignores the secret affection of her manager, and marries a wealthy playboy. Unfortunately the union is terribly unhappy and scandal nearly destroys her career. Fortunately, the manager remains quietly in the wings supporting her all the way.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
Written By: P.J. Wolfson
On DVD: Oct 23, 1991


Jean Harlow
as Mona Leslie
William Powell
as Ned Riley
Franchot Tone
as Robert "Bob" Harriso...
May Robson
as Mrs. Granny Leslie
Ted Healy
as Smiley
Robert Light
as Paul Mercer
James Ellison
as Dale Every
Leon Ames
as Ralph Watson
as Gold Dust
Hans Steinke
as Wrestler
Ernie Haynes
as Wrestler
Jeanie Gunn
as Little Girl Singer
Dick Elliott
as Man Near Drums
Kay Sutton
as Woman with Paul in A...
Mae Madison
as Chorus Girl
Rafael Storm
as Mona's Dance Partner
Wade Boteler
as Policeman Re-arresti...
Don Brodie
as Reporter
Henry Kolker
as Mr. Gearhart
Paul Fix
as Man on Mechanical Ho...
Sam Flint
as Jo Mercer's Father
Akim Tamiroff
as Chef at Wedding
Lee Phelps
as Hotel Desk Clerk
Jack Mulhall
as Paul's Restrainer in...
Larry Steers
as Paul's Restrainer in...
Charles B. Middleton
as District Attorney
Theodore Lorch
as Member of Coroner's ...
Edward J. Le Saint
as Member of Coroner's ...
Charles C. Wilson
as Newspaper Editor
Edward Peil Sr.
as Man Raising Stage Cu...
Margaret Dumont
as Yelling Woman in Aud...
Harold Huber
as Nick Londos
Irene Thompson
as Chorus Girl
Lorna Lowe
as Chorus Girl
Donna Mae Roberts
as Chorus Girl
Edna Waldron
as Chorus Girl
Earlene Heath
as Chorus Girl
Billie Lee
as Chorus Girl
Leon Waycoff [Ames]
as Ralph Watson
Robert Andrews
as Mona's Baby
Charles Wilson
as Newspaper Editor
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Critic Reviews for Reckless

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Reckless

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.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


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.

nefnie lee

Super Reviewer

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