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Vacation in Reno (1946)

 -  Comedy  -  10 December 1946 (USA)
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A hapless husband searches for buried treasure at a dude ranch; meanwhile, his wife wants a divorce and bank robbers want him dead.



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Complete credited cast:
Wally Brown ...
Eddie Roberts
Iris Adrian ...
Bunny Wells
Morgan Conway ...
Myrna Dell ...
Madeleine Dumont
Matt McHugh ...
William (Bill) Dumont
Claire Carleton ...
Sally Beaver
Jason Robards Sr. ...
Sheriff Johnson (as Jason Robards)
Matt Willis ...
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 »







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10 December 1946 (USA)  »

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Falsa Felicidade  »

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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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Silly but good-natured comedy of coincidence and misunderstanding
28 February 2014 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Jack Haley is goofy but sympathetic as a dreamer named Jack out to strike it rich. Armed with a metal detector and an old map, Jack heads to a Reno dude ranch determined to find buried treasure on his vacation.

A gang of bank robbers, a dogged deputy sheriff, and marital misunderstandings complicate his plans and it all adds up to a wild if somewhat cluttered 60 minutes.

Anne Jeffreys is fine as Jack's wife Eleanor. Early in the story, Jack and Eleanor stage a fake argument for the benefit of another bickering couple; not surprisingly, it turns into a real fight and Eleanor goes home to mother. Will they get it straightened out before the end of the picture?

Iris Adrian is funny as a young woman named Bunny who is amused to find herself mistaken for Jack's wife. The supporting cast also features energetic performances from lesser-known actors like Constance Purdy (hilarious as the stereotypical raging mother-in-law) and one Matt Willis as the deputy sheriff who won't give up.

One funny gag: Haley hangs up the phone…but the angry shouts of the mother-in-law on the other end cause the receiver to pop off the hook, bounce into a pitcher of water, and start the water boiling.

Haley, at the center of it all, is fun to watch. His mostly clueless yet very earnest character makes us smile but has us rooting for him too.

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