Reckless Living (1931)

60 or 68 mins | Comedy-drama | 20 October 1931

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HISTORY

The film was also reviewed under the titles Twenty Grand and The Up and Up . According to an early FD news item, Ann Price was assisting Kenyon Nicholson with the script. Her contribution to the final film has not been determined. Modern sources indicate that Tod Browning was initially slated to ... More Less

The film was also reviewed under the titles Twenty Grand and The Up and Up . According to an early FD news item, Ann Price was assisting Kenyon Nicholson with the script. Her contribution to the final film has not been determined. Modern sources indicate that Tod Browning was initially slated to direct. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
9 Nov 30
p. 4.
Film Daily
11 Oct 31
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Dec 30
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Dec 30
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Sep 31
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
12 Sep 31
p. 26.
Motion Picture Herald
24 Jan 31
p. 47.
New York Times
5 Dec 31
p. 21.
Variety
8 Dec 31
p. 15.
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LITERARY
Based on the play The Up and Up by Eva Kay Flint and Martha Madison (New York, 8 Sep 1930).
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Up and Up
Twenty Grand
Release Date:
20 October 1931
Production Date:
began 8 January 1931
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
30 September 1931
Copyright Number:
LP2521
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60 or 68
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Bee runs a speakeasy, but is not able to make ends meet. When bookmaker Curly offers her husband Doggie a job, he refuses to accept because he is suspicious of Curly's affection for his wife. At the same time that Doggie loses Bee's life savings on a horse race, Curly loses his office during a raid by the police. Curly then offers to set Doggie and Bee up in a nice apartment if they let him run his business out of one room. Doggie accepts at his wife's urging, and Curly buys him a taxicab so that he can earn a living. In time, Doggie and Bee save enough to buy their own gas station, but while Bee is out scouting for the place, Doggie is induced to bet their savings on a horse, which if it wins, will ruin Curly. The horse wins but is disqualified at the last minute, and an outraged Bee leaves her husband. As she is packing, the police raid the place, and Doggie offers to take the blame if Curly will replace his money, but Bee tells the police that he is lying. Some time later, Doggie owns a gas station while Bee works as a manicurist. Curly goes to Doggie's station and fills up his car while he tells Doggie that Bee wants a divorce. Doggie refuses, believing that Bee wants to marry Curly, but when Curly leaves without paying for his gasoline, Doggie goes after him in his car. Doggie chases Curly to the shop where Bee works, and he bumps into a truck. The sound of Doggie arguing with the truck driver ... +


Bee runs a speakeasy, but is not able to make ends meet. When bookmaker Curly offers her husband Doggie a job, he refuses to accept because he is suspicious of Curly's affection for his wife. At the same time that Doggie loses Bee's life savings on a horse race, Curly loses his office during a raid by the police. Curly then offers to set Doggie and Bee up in a nice apartment if they let him run his business out of one room. Doggie accepts at his wife's urging, and Curly buys him a taxicab so that he can earn a living. In time, Doggie and Bee save enough to buy their own gas station, but while Bee is out scouting for the place, Doggie is induced to bet their savings on a horse, which if it wins, will ruin Curly. The horse wins but is disqualified at the last minute, and an outraged Bee leaves her husband. As she is packing, the police raid the place, and Doggie offers to take the blame if Curly will replace his money, but Bee tells the police that he is lying. Some time later, Doggie owns a gas station while Bee works as a manicurist. Curly goes to Doggie's station and fills up his car while he tells Doggie that Bee wants a divorce. Doggie refuses, believing that Bee wants to marry Curly, but when Curly leaves without paying for his gasoline, Doggie goes after him in his car. Doggie chases Curly to the shop where Bee works, and he bumps into a truck. The sound of Doggie arguing with the truck driver draws Bee out of the shop, and she provides support for her husband, with whom she returns to the gas station. +

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