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Reno (1939)

Approved | | Drama | 1 December 1939 (USA)
Richard Dix portrays Reno lawyer who helps women get a fast divorce but can he keep his wife (Gail Patrick) from divorcing him.

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William Shayne aka Bill Shear
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Jessie Gibbs aka Jessie Shayne
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Joanne Ryder
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John R. Banton
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Mrs. Gardner
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Judge Jimmy Howard
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Abe Compass
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Augustus Welch
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Flora McKenzie
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Bonnie Newcomb
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J. Hezmer 'Hezzy' Briggs
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George Fields
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Richard Dix portrays Reno lawyer who helps women get a fast divorce but can he keep his wife (Gail Patrick) from divorcing him.

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He gambled on love as he gambled on life---and lost! (original print ad) See more »

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1 December 1939 (USA)  »

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A Lei Esquecida  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Bill Shear, aka William 'Bill' Shayne: You just watch my smoke, Abe. I'm gonna make Reno the biggest little city in the world.
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Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1842) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played as background music after the wedding
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Richard Dix relates the story of how he helped Reno become a divorce capital
10 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Reno" (1939) is a b-feature out of RKO Radio Pictures, unlikely to be attractive to anything but fans of old Hollywood films. We fans find merits in even those films that are minor, out of the way, mediocre and unheralded. Even average Hollywood fare can be decent entertainment and provide values of various kinds. In this case, the story is hokey but nonetheless hooks us with some historical sweep and the presence of its main star. Richard Dix plays a lawyer who has grown up with Reno and helped it grow. He transitions from being a lawyer for small miners to promoting the town as a divorce center to owning a gambling hall. His marriage to Gail Patrick runs into strains.

Dix is the main attraction here. He is a leading man actor who always finds ways to make a character interesting across a wide variety of character parts. He's an actor who grows on you over time. He doesn't speak rapidly or softly or harshly, usually. He has a temperate moderate way of speaking, with inflections that suggest sincerity and depth of feeling. There is a gravitas in his screen persona.


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