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The Reckless Hour (1931)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 15 August 1931 (USA)
In New York City, a young model is swept off her feet by a debonair, handsome young man. Unfortunately for her, he didn't want to get married but had been stringing her along. When she ... See full summary »

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Arthur Richman (play), Florence Ryerson (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Mackaill ... Margaret 'Margie' Nichols
Conrad Nagel ... Edward 'Eddie' Adams
H.B. Warner ... Walter Nichols
Joan Blondell ... Myrtle Nichols
Walter Byron ... Allen Crane
Joe Donahue ... Harry Gleason
Dorothy Peterson ... Mrs. Susie Jennison
Helen Ware ... Harriett Nichols
Billy House ... Seymour Jennison (as William House)
Claude King ... Howard Crane
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In New York City, a young model is swept off her feet by a debonair, handsome young man. Unfortunately for her, he didn't want to get married but had been stringing her along. When she realizes he doesn't WANT her she will not force him even though she learned she was pregnant. She becomes bitter and angry at all men, until she meets a gentle and kind artist who tries to show her that her life can be better than it is. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1931 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play, "Ambush," opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 10 October 1921 and had 90 performances. The opening night cast included Florence Eldridge as Margaret and Frank Reicher as Walter. See more »

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When Margaret takes the 1789 Robert Burns edition from her father and sets it on a shelf, she crosses under the microphone boom and it casts a shadow on her. See more »

Quotes

Edward Adams: Alan, old boy!
Allan Crane: Ed Adams! Of all people - what are you doing in this country? I thought you were in Paris!
Edward Adams: I came back to do a series of covers for *Pose*.
Allan Crane: Good work. Is the wife with you?
Edward Adams: No, she's in China.
Allan Crane: By herself?
Edward Adams: Not exactly. Evelyn Grant's husband is with her.
Allan Crane: Honestly?
Edward Adams: I wouldn't call it honestly, but he's with her.
Allan Crane: Oh, I'm sorry, Ed; really I am. What on earth can she see in that half-portion?
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Soundtracks

Nevertheless (I'm in Love with You)
(1931) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby
Played as dance music by the band at the Casino
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Joan Blondell is the saving grace
16 May 2015 | by jimjo1216See all my reviews

Joan Blondell, here playing the little sister, is about a thousand times more charismatic on-screen than star Dorothy Mackaill, and her presence is one of the only excuses to give THE RECKLESS HOUR (1931) a shot.

The Depression-era melodrama starts off boringly enough (until we meet Blondell's character) and covers the familiar ground of the rich boy dating the middle class girl and making promises he never intends to keep, leaving the girl to suffer the consequences on her own.

Dorothy Mackaill's line readings really bring the movie down. It's something about her enunciation and how she spaces her lines apart. Blondell, for example, is much more naturalistic, but H.B. Warner and Conrad Nagel are also noticeably better than Mackaill in their scenes with her. Top-billed Mackaill is probably the worst actor in the whole film, and some of the scenes late in the movie, with the melodrama slapped on pretty thick, are almost impossible to take seriously.

Joan Blondell, just starting out in Hollywood, is relegated to a supporting role with limited screen time, but is nevertheless delightful. Fans of hers might want to give this one a look if it shows up on TCM. Otherwise...


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