RECKLESS 1935

 

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The trailer for RECKLESS has the headlines:
HARLOW SINGS!
HARLOW DANCES!
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.

 

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Jean Harlow, Carl  Randall

Jean Harlow, Carl Randall

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.

Jerome Kern,Jean Harlow

Jerome Kern,Jean Harlow

 

Victor Fleming,William Powell, Jean Harlow

Victor Fleming,William Powell, Jean Harlow

On the set with Director Victor Fleming.

6 responses »

  1. I enjoyed this film a lot, though I was surprised to learn that it wasn’t Harlow dancing or singing! I do remember the way it changed from comedy to melodrama. Loved her with Powell in this – you have made me want to watch it again.

  2. Jean moved well but she simply wasn’t a dancer. Such a shame the script was a mish-mash.
    Watching Platinum Blonde just now for the first time.

  3. What a lovely surprise to be introduced to Robert Williams who really is the star of Platinum Blonde, and what a tragedy to hear of his sudden death just after the film was released.
    There’s a great review of Platinum Blonde on Shadows and Satin.
    I ‘m just discovering Jean Harlow and hope to see more of her films.

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