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Born Reckless (1930)
by Hans J. Wollstein review

The usually so imposing John Ford can do little with screenwriter Dudley Nichols' stilted dialogue and the near-amateurish acting from the likes of Catherine Dale Owen and Marguerite Churchill. There are some nice moments of camaraderie among soldiers in the first reel but once the plot moves back to the asphalt jungles of New York City, Born Reckless becomes overly talky and stiff. Lee Tracy, as an enterprising reporter (and wasn't he always?), adds a bit of color to the proceedings, but it seems almost as if Ford lost interest in the project early on.