You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Reckless

Reckless is a hodge-podge of melodrama, backstage and quasi-musical. It includes a cinematic recreation [from a story by Oliver Jeffries] of a recent newspaper melodrama involving a torch songstress and a posthumous heir to a tobacco fortune, but it's a rambling affair in toto.

With:
Jean Harlow William Powell Franchot Tone May Robson Rosalind Russell Mickey Rooney

Reckless is a hodge-podge of melodrama, backstage and quasi-musical. It includes a cinematic recreation [from a story by Oliver Jeffries] of a recent newspaper melodrama involving a torch songstress and a posthumous heir to a tobacco fortune, but it’s a rambling affair in toto.

Direction is as haphazard as the story. The showfolk are ridiculously white-washed and the socialites are made out consistently caddish. It’s one of those things.

From the moment the infatuated Franchot Tone buys out the whole evening’s performance and sops up champagne in the audience while solo-appreciating the performance, up until the elopement, which culminates in his suicide, it’s ever make-believe. William Powell is an equally vague character. A combination sportsman-philanthropist, he’s subsequently influential enough to b.r. and angel the musical comedy which spell the girl’s professional comeback.

Instead of a torcher, Jean Harlow is a dancer, yet for the climatic situation she’s the fulcrum of a dramatic song number – strongly reminiscent of the real-life counterpart. Rosalind Russell as a jilted girl and Robert Light as her brother alone make their chores ring true.

Reckless

Production: M-G-M. Director Victor Fleming; Producer David O. Selznick; Screenplay P.J. Wolfson; Camera George Folsey; Editor Margaret Booth; Music Herbert Stothart (sup.); Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Merrill Pye, Edwin B. Willis

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1935. Running time: 95 MIN.

With: Jean Harlow William Powell Franchot Tone May Robson Rosalind Russell Mickey Rooney

More Film

  • Stephen CurryESPY Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles,

    Steph Curry Closes Multi-Year Production Deal With Sony

    Reckless is a hodge-podge of melodrama, backstage and quasi-musical. It includes a cinematic recreation [from a story by Oliver Jeffries] of a recent newspaper melodrama involving a torch songstress and a posthumous heir to a tobacco fortune, but it’s a rambling affair in toto. Direction is as haphazard as the story. The showfolk are ridiculously […]

  • avengers infinity war

    'Avengers: Infinity War' Directors Tell Fans to Stay Off the Internet to Avoid Spoilers

    Reckless is a hodge-podge of melodrama, backstage and quasi-musical. It includes a cinematic recreation [from a story by Oliver Jeffries] of a recent newspaper melodrama involving a torch songstress and a posthumous heir to a tobacco fortune, but it’s a rambling affair in toto. Direction is as haphazard as the story. The showfolk are ridiculously […]

  • Indie Sales Acquires Annecy-Bound Brazilian Tale

    Indie Sales Acquires Annecy-Bound Brazilian Animated Tale 'Tito and the Birds' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Reckless is a hodge-podge of melodrama, backstage and quasi-musical. It includes a cinematic recreation [from a story by Oliver Jeffries] of a recent newspaper melodrama involving a torch songstress and a posthumous heir to a tobacco fortune, but it’s a rambling affair in toto. Direction is as haphazard as the story. The showfolk are ridiculously […]

  • Promise at Dawn Calcoa

    Colcoa Keeps the French Flag Flying in L.A.

    Reckless is a hodge-podge of melodrama, backstage and quasi-musical. It includes a cinematic recreation [from a story by Oliver Jeffries] of a recent newspaper melodrama involving a torch songstress and a posthumous heir to a tobacco fortune, but it’s a rambling affair in toto. Direction is as haphazard as the story. The showfolk are ridiculously […]

  • tencent logo

    China's Tencent Boards Skydance's 'Terminator'

    Reckless is a hodge-podge of melodrama, backstage and quasi-musical. It includes a cinematic recreation [from a story by Oliver Jeffries] of a recent newspaper melodrama involving a torch songstress and a posthumous heir to a tobacco fortune, but it’s a rambling affair in toto. Direction is as haphazard as the story. The showfolk are ridiculously […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content