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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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Complete credited cast:
William Shayne aka Bill Shear
Jessie Gibbs aka Jessie Shayne
Joanne Ryder
John R. Banton
Mrs. Gardner
Judge Jimmy Howard
Abe Compass
Augustus Welch
Flora McKenzie
Bonnie Newcomb
J. Hezmer 'Hezzy' Briggs
George Fields


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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All he had to thank Reno for was lovely Jessie Gibbs...And now he was losing her! (original print ad) See more »








Release Date:

1 December 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Lei Esquecida  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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Wishing (Will Make It So)
(1939) (uncredited)
Written by Buddy G. DeSylva
Played as background music in the casino
Originally written for the film Love Affair (1939)
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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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