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Mr. Reckless (March 26, 1948)

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Jeff Lundy and Betty Denton in Mr. Reckless
 

Released on March 26, 1948: (running time 66 minutes) Oil well driller Jeff Lundy returns to the big city and discovers that his best girl is about to marry someone else.

Produced by William H. Pine and William C. Thomas

Directed by Frank McDonald

The Actors: William Eythe (Jeff Lundy), Barbara Britton (Betty Denton), Walter Catlett (Joel Hawkins), Minna Gombell (Ma Hawkins), Lloyd Corrigan (Hugo Denton), Nestor Paiva (Gus Patrokius), Frank Jenks (cab driver), Ian MacDonald (Jim Halsey), James Millican (Pete), Lane Chandler (driller), Harry Cheshire (doctor at wedding), Russ Conway (Al, a wise guy), Tom Dillon (Patrol Officer), Franklyn Farnum (wedding guest), Julia Faye (wedding guest), Sam Flint (oil field guard), Bess Flowers (wedding guest), Donald Kerr (craps player), Frank Marlowe (cab driver), Tom Monroe (drilling worker), Francis Pierlot (Reverend Stanislaus), Tom Quinn (customer), Bob Reeves (patrol driver), Keith Richards (a friend), Lee Roberts (oil driller)

 

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The Waitress and the Oil Roustabouts

Barbara Maureen Brantingham was one of the beautiful young ladies adorning the 1941 Tournament of Roses Parade, when an inspired newspaper reporter took her picture, and it wound up on the front page of the newspaper. Someone from Paramount Pictures saw that newspaper photo, and three weeks later she was signed to an acting contract. The studio advised her that her last name ‘Brantingham’ might be a bit too long for theater marquees, so she acted under the family name ‘Barbara Britton.’

In this adventure about oil wells and the men who bring them to life, she is a waitress for a restaurant owner played by character actor Nestor Paiva. Her father in the story is a gambler who has a talent for losing all of his money, and in exchange for her boss paying off all of her father’s gambling debts, she has agreed to marry the boss who is considerably older than she is.

Of course, there is a young oil roustabout who loves her, but he is away building new oil rigs instead of paying attention to her, and she will marry the older fellow gladly, instead of waiting for the roaming oil worker to settle down.

In real life, Barbara Britton was twenty-eight when she filmed this story, and her intended husband in the story, Nestor Paiva, was forty-three years old, making him fifteen years her senior. Much is made of the young girl marrying an older man, but in real life, three years before this movie was filmed, Barbara Britton married a man who was twenty-two years older than she was.

After acting in a tense war drama during World War Two, she was emotionally traumatized and exhausted from the rigors of the war movie, so she began to see a psychoanalyst regularly. This led to that, and in real life, Barbara Britton married her doctor, who was twenty-two years older than she was. They lived happily until her death in 1960. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Barbara Britton
Barbara Britton
Barbara Britton, Minna Gombell, Francis Pierlot
Barbara Britton, Minna Gombell, Francis Pierlot
Barbara Britton and Minna Gombell
Barbara Britton and Minna Gombell
Barbara Britton
Barbara Britton
Harry Cheshire
Harry Cheshire
Ian MacDonald
Ian MacDonald
James Millican and William Eythe
James Millican and William Eythe
Lloyd Corrigan
Lloyd Corrigan
Lloyd Corrigan and Barbara Britton
Lloyd Corrigan and Barbara Britton
Minna Gombell and Barbara Britton
Minna Gombell and Barbara Britton
Nestor Paiva
Nestor Paiva
Nestor Paiva and Barbara Britton
Nestor Paiva and Barbara Britton
Nestor Paiva and Barbara Britton
Nestor Paiva and Barbara Britton
Russ Conway, James Millican, Nestor Paiva
Russ Conway, James Millican, Nestor Paiva
Tom Quinn and Barbara Britton
Tom Quinn and Barbara Britton
Walter Catlett
Walter Catlett
Walter Catlett and Lloyd Corrigan
Walter Catlett and Lloyd Corrigan
Walter Catlett and Nestor Paiva
Walter Catlett and Nestor Paiva
William Eythe
William Eythe