Born Reckless (1930)

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    • Born Reckless (1930)




      Information From IMDb

      Plot Summary
      Hoping to use the publicity to get re-elected,
      a judge sentences a notorious gangster to fight in the war

      Full Cast
      Edmund Lowe ... Louis Beretti
      Catherine Dale Owen ... Joan Sheldon
      Frank Albertson ... Frank Sheldon
      Marguerite Churchill ... Rosa Beretti
      William Harrigan ... Good News Brophy
      Lee Tracy ... Bill O'Brien
      Warren Hymer ... Big Shot
      Ilka Chase ... High Society Customer at Beretti's
      Ferike Boros ... Ma Beretti
      Paul Porcasi ... Pa Beretti
      Joe Brown ... Needle Beer Grogan - Bartender
      Ben Bard ... Joe Bergman
      Pat Somerset ... Duke
      Eddie Gribbon ... Bugs
      Mike Donlin ... Fingy Moscovitz
      Paul Page ... Ritzy Reilly
      Roy Stewart ... District Attorney Cardigan
      Jack Pennick ... Sergeant
      Ward Bond ... Sergeant
      Yola D'Avril ... French Girl
      Stanley Blystone ... Newspaper Worker (uncredited)
      Edwards Davis ... Uncle Jim (uncredited)
      Bill Elliott ... Dance Extra at Beretti's (uncredited)
      Robert Homans ... Policeman (uncredited)
      John Kelly ... Irish Recruit (uncredited)
      James A. Marcus ... General Sheldon (uncredited)
      Tom McGuire ... Newspaper Worker (uncredited)
      Randolph Scott ... Dick - Joan's Rejected Suitor (uncredited)
      Harry Strang ... Sergeant (uncredited)
      Harry Tenbrook ... Beretti Henchman (uncredited)
      Duke Morrison ... Extra (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Donald Henderson Clarke (novel "Louis Beretti")
      Dudley Nichols (screenplay)

      George Schneiderman

      Original Music
      Peter Brunelli
      George Lipschultz
      Albert Hay Malotte
      Jean Talbot



      Filming Locations

      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: Born Reckless (1930)

      Born Reckless (1930) is an American crime comedy
      directed by Andrew Bennison and John Ford,
      from a screenplay written by Donald Henderson Clarke
      based on his novel Louis Beretti.
      The film starred Edmund Lowe and Catherine Dale Owen.

      All in all a pretty dire film,
      of which the quote below sums up.

      John Ford cast the ever maturing actor Ward Bond,
      in a billed role on this one.
      Although Ford was keeping a 'watchfull eye' on Duke,
      it was Bond who was initially in the forefront.
      At this time Duke and Ward's friendship,
      was forever blossoming.
      Jack Pennick, Randolph Scott and Marguerite Churchill,
      are three of Duke's 'Pals' to be in this one

      User Review

      A John Ford Production, wrecked by Andrew Bennison.
      Author: arthursward

      With such fluid epics as "The Iron Horse" (1924), "Lightnin'" (1925),
      "Hangman's House" and "Four Sons" (both 1928) in his resume,
      it is surprising that Fox would encumber Ford
      with a dialogue director over and over, but Fox did.
      In '29's "The Black Watch" it was Lumsden Hare.
      Andrew Bennison is credited with the stage direction
      of "Men Without Women" released January 1930.
      Judging from the result Bennison achieved in
      "Born Reckless" (released in May 1930),
      I'm astonished anyone would have given him a second chance.

      The photoplay opens with a traveling camera shot of a parade.
      The camera prowls into a jewelry store where a heist is in progress.
      Outside, the cops "get wise" when a stolen truck is discovered.
      An exiting shootout and chase ensues, with our hero,
      Louis Berretti, gaining refuge at his parents' apartment.
      Then Bennison's stuff takes over.
      Well, molasses in Anchorage moves better and the pace of the film congeals
      . Berretti faces justice (eventually) and is "sentenced" to join the war effort overseas.
      John Ford stages some excellent sequences here,
      with Berretti's approbatory service delivering him home a hero.
      He opens a nightclub which, unfortunately,
      keeps Berretti rubbing elbows with his old mob
      and allows plenty scenes filled with Bennison-helmed hubris.
      The dialogue is not only awkward with head-shaking gaps,
      but has characters with names like Big Shot
      putting people "on the spot" [murdered].

      Audiences of 1930 could not fast forward but you can and should.
      Edmund Lowe's performance is nothing like the smooth "Chandu"
      of a year later and probably should be skipped over to view Ford's
      impressive set pieces.
      The swamp at the picture's conclusion cribs Fox's "Sunrise"
      but remains impressive for an early talkie.
      I gave it a 7 for Ford's contributions.
      On the whole, though, this is the kind of film that gave early
      TV viewers a bad taste for early talkies.
      Viewers beware.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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