Born Reckless (1937 film)
Born Reckless is a 1937 gangster film directed by Malcolm St. Clair and Gustav Machatý (St. Clair received sole directorial credit) and starring Brian Donlevy and Rochelle Hudson. Donlevy plays a race-car champion who infiltrates a mob-run taxi cab company. Barton MacLane plays the chief mobster.
|Directed by||Malcolm St. Clair
|Produced by||Milton Feld
Sol M. Wurtzel
|Written by||Contributing writers:
|Screenplay by||John Patrick
|Based on||"Born Reckless" by Jack Andrews|
|Music by||Samuel Kaylin|
|Cinematography||Daniel B. Clark|
|Edited by||Alex Troffey|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|June 25, 1937|
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Bob Kane (Brian Donlevy), an auto racer, becomes a cab driver for a company that is being strong-armed by Jim Barnes (Barton MacLane) and his gangsters trying to gain control of all of the city's taxi companies.
- Rochelle Hudson as Sybil Roberts
- Brian Donlevy as Bob 'Hurry' Kane
- Barton MacLane as Jim Barnes
- Robert Kent as Lee Martin
- Harry Carey as Dad Martin
- Pauline Moore as Dorothy Collins
- Chick Chandler as Windy Bowman
- William Pawley as Mac
- Francis McDonald as Louie
- George Walcott as Danny Horton (as George Wolcott)
- Joseph Crehan as District Attorney
Filming occurred at the Fox studio and at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. During filming, Donlevy injured his hand, necessitating that two fingers be bandaged. The bandaged hand had to be concealed throughout filming, though it is visible at the end of the film. Former stars of the silent era Jack Mulhall, Joyce Compton and Mary McLaren have uncredited bit parts.
Union Station did not open until 1939.