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.