The trailer for RECKLESS has the headlines:
In fact Jean Harlow does neither in the film. Of course song dubbing was common and the public were kept in the dark. But it’s harder to pretend that a performer can dance.
Virginia Verrill provides the lovely singing voice for Jean, and Betty Halsey was the dancer who stood in for Jean in the long shots of the dance sequences.
Virginia Verrill also sang “Did I Remember” for Jean in SUZY.
Jean is a musical comedy star who marries rich playboy Franchot Tone in haste,while sports promoter William Powell pines for her but won’t admit his feelings.
The film starts off as a typical romantic comedy but then morphs into a sticky melodrama,making it appear like two different films. It’s a shame because Jean and William make a great team.
Still, a great cast led by Jean – Rosalind Russell,May Robson,Allan Jones,Mickey Rooney, and a young Leon Waycoff ( who changed his name to Leon Ames).
And there is an glorious Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein song,’Reckless’ which is given a huge production number.
I look forward to seeing more Jean Harlow films.
On the set with Director Victor Fleming.