23 user 13 critic

Reckless (1935)

Not Rated | | Drama, Musical, Comedy | 19 April 1935 (USA)
Wealthy Bob Harrison buys all the seats in the theatre to watch Mona Leslie's musical by himself. He loves her, her agent Ned Riley loves her. Conflict ensues.


Victor Fleming


P.J. Wolfson (screen play), David O. Selznick (from a story by) (as Oliver Jeffries)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Harlow ... Mona Leslie
William Powell ... Ned Riley
Franchot Tone ... Bob Harrison
May Robson ... Granny
Ted Healy ... Smiley
Nat Pendleton ... Blossom
Rosalind Russell ... Josephine (Jo) Mercer
Mickey Rooney ... Eddie
Henry Stephenson ... Col. Harrison
Man Mountain Dean Man Mountain Dean ... Man Mountain Dean - Wrestler (as Man-Mountain Dean)
Robert Light ... Paul Mercer
Allan Jones ... Allan
Carl Randall Carl Randall ... Carl Randall
Louise Henry ... Louise
James Ellison ... Dale Every


Wealthy Bob Harrison buys all the seats in the theatre to watch Mona Leslie's musical by himself. He loves her, her agent Ned Riley loves her. Conflict ensues. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Does this dynamic pair ring the bell. It's a real smash with story, glamour and music. And will you get a treat when you see Jean Harlow, for the first time, sing and dance. William Powell always steals a picture from the other stars, sets a fast pace in this one, but Jean keeps up with him. (Print Ad-Register-Herald, ((Pine Plains, NY)) 2 May 1935) See more »


Drama | Musical | Comedy


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


This film's initial telecast took place in Philadelphia Tuesday 6 August 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); it first aired in New Haven CT 27 August 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Chicago 12 September 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Tampa 10 November 1957 on WFLA (Channel 8), in Honolulu 17 December 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Cincinnati 20 January 1958 on WLW-T (Channel 5), in Miami 19 February 1958 on WCKT (Channel 7), in Indianapolis 12 May 1958 on WLW-I (Channel 13), in Kalamazoo 12 August 1958 on WKZO (Channel 3), in Phoenix 7 September 1958 on KPHO (Channel 5), and in San Francisco 28 September 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); it finally reached New York City 18 May 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2), and Los Angeles 14 June 1959 on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »


When Bob goes to the front desk to ask the number of Ned's room, a large shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the wall behind. See more »


Mona Leslie: The pleasures all mine, boys!
Boy #1: Make it hot, Mona!
Boy #2: Rock 'em, sister!
Boy #3: Go to town!
Mona Leslie: I've Got Nobody To Blame But Myself
[begins dancing]
See more »


Featured in That's Entertainment! (1974) See more »


Ev'rything's Been Done Before
Music Jack King
Lyrics by Edwin H. Knopf (as Edwin Knopf) and Harold Adamson
Sung by Allan Jones (uncredited)
Danced by Jean Harlow (uncredited) and chorus
See more »

User Reviews

I enjoyed every moment.
11 February 2004 | by Profaine_AngelSee all my reviews

It was one of the first Harlow movies I saw. Don't laugh, but I actually cried towards the end. But that's just me, I cried when I saw Saratoga too. I watch them again and again and I never get tired of them. I'm only 20 and I feel like I've been watching these movies forever.

17 of 32 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 23 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

19 April 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Reckless See more »


Box Office


$858,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page

Recently Viewed