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I.A.R. Wylie (story)
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Release Date:
August 1938 (USA) See more »
The West was never as wild as this girl!
Screwball comedy western about a socialite who wants divorced from a rancher. | Add synopsis »
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Randolph Scott ... Steve Fortness

Hope Hampton ... Linda Halliday

Glenda Farrell ... Sylvia Shane

Helen Broderick ... Aunt Minerva

Alan Marshal ... Walter Crawford

David Oliver ... Salty
Ted Osborne ... Linda's Attorney

Samuel S. Hinds ... Sylvia's Attorney
Charles Murphy ... Mike
Spencer Charters ... The Judge

Dot Farley ... Mrs. Brumleigh (as Dorothy Farley)
Mira McKinney ... Hannah

Renie Riano ... Woman Bailiff

Lita Chevret ... Gladys

Willie Fung ... Lame Duck

Jack Rube Clifford ... Trucker (as Jack Clifford)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Grace Goodall ... Court Clerk (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... Man Winning Slot Machine Payout (uncredited)

Directed by
S. Sylvan Simon 
Writing credits
I.A.R. Wylie (story)

Roy Chanslor (screenplay) and
Adele Comandini (screenplay)

F. Hugh Herbert (adaptation) and
Charles Kenyon (adaptation)

Brian Marlow (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Edmund Grainger .... associate producer
Jules Brulatour .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Charles Henderson (uncredited)
Cinematography by
George Robinson 
Film Editing by
Paul Landres 
Maurice Wright 
Art Direction by
Jack Otterson 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman  (as R.A. Gausman)
Costume Design by
Vera West 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vernon Keays .... assistant director
Art Department
Charles H. Clarke .... associate art director
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound supervisor
William Hedgcock .... sound technician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Charles Previn .... musical director
Frank Skinner .... composer: title music (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Lady and the Ranger" - USA (poster title)
"The Ranger and the Lady" - USA (reissue title)
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72 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
What did she hope for?, 21 March 2014
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

If silent screen star Hope Hampton hoped that The Road To Reno would be a comeback film in sound she would be disappointed. This western setting screwball comedy with Hope as a socialite opera singer trying to get divorced from rancher Randolph Scott is never going to be ranked in the top screwball comedies of the era.

What I was trying to wrap my mind around was the concept of a silent star who was an opera singer. To my mind only Cecil B. DeMille was able to sell that to the public in Geraldine Farrar and he had a woman with a built in public. Hope opens the film singing in a nightclub an aria from La Boheme and then has three other forgettable songs from Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson. Not the top material those two guys ever wrote.

As it goes in The Road To Reno Hope wants to divorce Randy in order to marry the urbane Alan Marshal. But Scott won't let her go and Marshal arrives at the ranch to fight for her. Truth be told she wasn't all that willing to give up Randolph Scott, who would.

Some good supporting performances by Helen Broderick as Scott's aunt and real owner of the ranch which straddles the Nevada/California border, a plot gambit that's used by both leads. Also from Marshal who has a few witty lines and Glenda Farrell over from Warner Brothers to lend a few chosen wisecracks.

But Randolph Scott at least got sit tall in the saddle and would have to wait for My Favorite Wife to be in a good screwball comedy.

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