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Vacation in Reno (1946)

A hapless husband searches for buried treasure at a dude ranch; meanwhile, his wife wants a divorce and bank robbers want him dead.



(screenplay), (screenplay) (as Arthur Ross) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Eddie Roberts
Bunny Wells
Madeleine Dumont
Matt McHugh ...
William (Bill) Dumont
Sally Beaver
Sheriff Johnson (as Jason Robards)
Hank - Deputy Sheriff


Jack Carroll and his wife have a phony argument to teach their friends a lesson, but when he makes a crack that her mother is a "fat porpoise," they fight for real and she leaves him. To make matters worse, Jack runs into two men just before they don masks and rob a bank. Now he is the only one who can identify them. In spite of all this, he takes a vacation in Reno; he is convinced he can use a metal detector to find buried treasure and realize his dream of starting a rabbit farm. Coincidentally, the bank robbers make their getaway to Reno and check into the same dude ranch as Jack. In fact, they bury a suitcase full of the loot and who should find it but hapless Jack himself. This is the just beginning of Jack's troubles, as he finds himself at odds with a deputy sheriff, a roughneck sailor and a gun moll who tries (for complicated reasons) to convince the police she is Mrs. Carroll. Worst of all, Jack's wife arrives and wants a divorce. Before this mess is cleared up, Jack will ... Written by J. Spurlin

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IT'S A LAUGH-SPREE IN RENO! (original ad - all caps) See more »







Release Date:

10 December 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Falsa Felicidade  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Eleanor Carroll checks in to the Bar Nothing Ranch, she is told that Mr. Carroll (her husband, Jack) is just down the hall in Room 222. However, when later we see Jack entering and exiting his room, the numbers on the door read 225. Actually, it appears that room 225 belongs to the female bank robber and her 2 partners in crime and she just pulled Jack into this room once and he later exited from it. See more »

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Oh Mr. Tin Man, No!
14 April 2005 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

For its first third or so, this resembles the very corniest of short subjects from its day, or earlier. It elicits more groans than laughs.

Jack Haley has a nice comic touch as we all know but the material here is from hunger.

About a third of the way into it, Haley ends up in the title city. Marital squabbling is replaced by bank robbers and confused identities. When the Robbers, Haley, his wife, a sailor and his wife, the sheriff, and assorted others are running from room to room, it turns into a sort of French farce. Not a funny French farce, mind you. More "oh not THAT again" than "ooh-la-la." The supporting cast is amusing, in a very broad way. Haley's mother-in-law, an actress unknown to me, is a monster as intended and is quite funny.

It seems like an older crowd, however, and somehow the lovely young Anne Jeffries is made up or directed, or both, to seem tired and worn down like the others.

It's not offensive in any way. And I sat through the whole thing. So I guess the real joke was on me.

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