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Reckless (1935) was a Drama - Musical Film directed by Victor Fleming and produced by David O. Selznick.

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Jean Harlow is Reckless 1935 Joan Crawford is Dancing

By ImagineMDD on Jun 27, 2014 From Pop Culture ImagineMDD

Young and Reckless in 1935 Reckless MGM's 1935 musical melodrama is the story of a Broadway singer and dancer Mona Leslie (Jean Harlow). She and a rich playboy, Rob Harrison Jr. (Franchot Tone) marry impulsively. This is upsetting to his stuffy father. Turns out that Rob was engaged to Josephine ... Read full article

Musical Monday: “Reckless” (1935)

on Mar 3, 2014 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: ?Reckless” (1935) R... Read full article

Mr. Reckless (1948)

By John Grant on Sep 15, 2013 From Noirish

US / 67 minutes / bw / Medallion, Pine?Thomas Dir: Frank McDonald Scr: Maxwell Shane, Milton Raison Cine: Ellis W. Carter Cast: William Eythe, Barbara Britton, Walter Catlett, Minna Gombel (i.e., Minna Gombell), Lloyd Corrigan, Nestor Paiva, Frank Jenks, Ian MacDonald, James Millican. Oilman Jeff Lu... Read full article

The Films of Jean Harlow: Reckless (1935)

By Kristen on Mar 8, 2012 From Journeys in Classic Film

Today’s film should have been my favorite of the two box sets I’m working with, but it was just weird and I mean weird like Bombshell in that it had a bizarre tone and a really disjointed script. ?The film literally squeezes in every genre of film in a 97 minute run time. ?Other similari... Read full article

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Quotes from

Mona Leslie: [Spoken introduction to the song, Reckless] What'll you ever be? What'll you ever do? How will you ever know if you don't take a chance?
Chorus: You have got to gamble with fate.
Mona Leslie: [singing] I wanna live, love, learn a lot. I'll light my candle and I'll burn a lot.
Chorus: You'll have some bad shots, hard knocks!
Mona Leslie: I'm on my own if I bruise.
Chorus: And there'll be smiles here, shouts here!
Mona Leslie: And I can take it on the chin if I lose, because I'm reckless!
Chorus: She's simply reckless!
Mona Leslie: Reckless!
Chorus: She's simply reckless!
Mona Leslie: I'm gonna go places and look life in the face!

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Facts about

Selznick based this on the Libby Holman murder scandal. Star Jean Harlow felt the story had disturbing similarities to suicide of her second husband, Paul Bern. Jean Harlow believed she was cast in the picture in a deliberate attempt to capitalize on that event, and she refused the role at first. In William Powell's autobiography, he says he convinced her to accept the role rather than be suspended.
Two songs, "Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dum" and "I'm Going Down to Dance at Clancy's" by Con Conrad and Herb Magidson were cut from the final print.
The film was inspired by the life of torch singer Libby Holman, whose husband, tobacco heir Zachary Smith Reynold's suicide caused a scandal (Libby was initially indicted for murder), and she was accused of murder.
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