Reckless Living


1h 5m 1938

Film Details

Also Known As
The Winner's Circle
Release Date
Apr 8, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Riders Up by Gerald Beaumont (New York, 1922).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 5m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

Danny Farrell lives in Mother Ryan's boardinghouse along with other racetrack followers, "Colonel" Harris, Harry Myron, "General" Jeff, Freddie, "Stuffy" and Laurie Andrews. Jeff, a blind newsstand man, sells Stuffy's racing tips at his stand. Danny dreams of making big money on "getaway day" at the track so he can return home to Center City and prove he is a success. Although he will not admit it, Danny is in love with Laurie, who dates Stanley Shaw, a horse owner. Shaw proposes to Laurie, suggesting that a marriage to him would raise her low social status, but Laurie rejects his proposal. One night, the boys at the boardinghouse pawn Mother Ryan's statue of her husband while she is out of town and use the money to bet on a horse. Their horse wins, but is disqualified for rough riding. Later, Danny is hit by a car, and after Danny fakes serious injury, the driver, Carr, pays him $600 to forget the incident and offers him a job as a trainer at his stables, Bay Meadows. Danny does not immediately accept the position and uses the money to get the statue out of hock. When another hot tip comes up, the men pawn the statue again and win over $6,000, which enables them to return the statue and keep some money. Danny decides to return home and proposes to Laurie, but she thinks his proposal is insincere and rejects him. Danny takes Jeff to the races and, unaware that Jeff has bet all his savings on the wrong horse, tells him that his horse won. Realizing Jeff is now destitute, Danny gives him enough money to move into the old-age home he wants to go to because all of his friends are there. Danny's generosity wins Laurie's love, and she now accepts his proposal, having broken up with Shaw. All the friends leave for the track at Bay Meadows for the next racing season, and Danny accepts the job at the stables.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Winner's Circle
Release Date
Apr 8, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Riders Up by Gerald Beaumont (New York, 1922).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 5m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

Quotes

Trivia

This film is believed lost. Please check your attic.

Notes

The plot synopsis is based on a studio screen continuity. The pre-release title was The Winner's Circle. Another film based on Gerald Beaumont's novel is Universal's 1924 film Riders Up, directed by Irving Cummings and starring Creighton Hale (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.4585).