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The Reckoning

Starring: Sally Blane & James Murray Director: Harry L. Fraser
Two young lovers get caught up in the grip of an underworld gang.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 1 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1932
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English

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Description by OLDIES.com:

Judy is tired of a life of petty crime and begs her boyfriend Terry to go straight. After a botched robbery attempt threatens to send the pair to prison, Terry swears he's going to quit. Mob boss "Doc" has other plans for Terry. Pretending to help, he lands Judy an honest job as a nanny with the wealthy Henderson family. What Judy doesn't realize is that "Doc" plans to clean out the Henderson's safe, which holds a fortune in jewels, and pin it on Terry and her.

Bearing a strong resemblance to her sister Loretta Young, actress Sally Blane co-starred with Rudy Vallee (The Vagabond Lover, 1929), Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (Little Accident, 1930), Walter Huston (The Star Witness, 1931), and Buster Crabbe (She Had To Choose, 1934) before marrying director Norman Foster and choosing domestic life. Handsome James Murray seemed headed for stardom after turning in a brilliant performance for King Vidor in The Crowd (1928). Despite acquitting himself well in three Lon Chaney movies, The Big City (1928), The Shakedown (1928) and Thunder (1929) he succumbed to alcoholism. His lifeless body was retrieved from the Hudson River in 1936 at age 35.

Product Description:

THE RECKONING is one of several 1932 releases starring Sally Blane, the pretty (and overworked) older sister of Loretta Young. Blane plays the sweetheart of hero James Murray, who gets sucked into a life of crime by criminal mastermind Bryant Washburn. Convinced that Murray is a "good kid" at heart, detective Edmund Breese sets him free after hauling him in on a misdemeanor. Murray repays this kindness by taking care of the reprehensible Washburn, shooting the dirty rat down like a dog to prevent a robbery-murder. At 50 minutes, THE RECKONING is just long enough to set up the situation and deliver a denouement; character development is hardly a consideration.

Plot Keywords:

Crime | Gangsters
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Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:

Customer Rating: Rating 3.3
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Rating 4.0 Film Boosted By Performances of Murray and Blane Movie Lover: from BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND AU -- February, 24, 2014

By 1932 Murray's career had hit the skids due
to his chronic alcoholism. By all reports he was
a belligerent drunk and poor Sally Blane
probably did not relish her assignment here.
Saying that, it was an intelligent drama really
elevated by the performances of both Murray
and Blane.
This movie took a different approach to the usual
"crime does not pay" method by focusing on
Blane's character. She plays Judy who is fed up
with her boyfriend's life of petty crime but Terry
is torn between her and his mentor "Doc" who
tracks them down to a little country town where
Judy has finally persuaded Terry to settle down.
"Doc" gives the impression of wanting to help in
their rehabilitation but in reality......


Rating 2.5 Not Great But An Interesting Curio Movie Lover: from PORT ORCHARD, WA US -- December, 22, 2013

This picture is worth seeing because of James Murray, who died tragically in his mid-thirties from alcoholism. It's a rare treat to see one of his films, as many of them are considered lost. He is good here, as is the entire cast as a whole. The print is acceptably watchable-not great but not bad either. Sally Blane very much resembles her real-life sister Loretta Young here.


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  • Sales Rank: 1,683
  • UPC: 089218694690
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