Directed by Victor Fleming • 1935 • United States
Starring Jean Harlow, William Powell, Franchot Tone
Scripted by a pseudonymous David O. Selznick and featuring a title song by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, RECKLESS marked Jean Harlow’s only foray into the musical genre. She sings (dubbed by vocalist Virginia Verrill) and dances as ambitious showgirl Mona Leslie, whose agent Ned Riley (Harlow’s real-life flame William Powell) loves her but cannot compete with the advances of wealthy playboy Bob Harrison Jr. (Franchot Tone). When Mona’s drunken, whirlwind marriage to Bob ends in tragedy and public scandal, it’s up to Ned to help her put her life back together.