Johnny Reno (1966)

 |  Western  |  13 June 1966 (UK)
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The townsfolk are set on lynching an accused killer held in the town lockup. But US Marshal Johnny Reno stands in their way.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Reno
Nona Williams
Sheriff Hodges (as Lon Chaney)
Ed Tomkins
Mayor Jess Yates
Tom Drake ...
Joe Conners
Ned Duggan
Jake Reed
Tracy Olsen ...
Marie Yates
Regis Parton ...
Bartender, Charlie (as Reg Parton)
Rodd Redwing ...
Indian Brave
Charles Horvath ...
Dale Van Sickel ...
Ab Conners
Paul Daniel ...
Indian Chief, Little Bear


One of the thirteen low-budget westerns produced by A.C. Lyles in the sixties. The premise is a simple one: Sheriff Johnny Reno is heading to a small town in order to see his one-time sweetheart Nona Williams. On the way, he is set upon by two brothers who think he is after them. Forced to shoot one, he captures the other Joe Conners and brings him into town. His prisoner insists he is innocent of the crime the whole town wants him hanged for, and after hearing his story, will Andrews believe him? Written by phillindholm

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On the trail of justice.




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13 June 1966 (UK)  »

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Shot in Techniscope as it was cheaper than Technicolor. See more »

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The mistake I made was being born.
15 August 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Johnny Reno is directed by R.G. Springsteen and written by Steve Fisher and Andrew Craddock. It stars Dana Andrews, Jane Russell, Lyle Bettger, Lon Chaney Jr., John Agar and Tom Drake. A Technicolor/Techniscope production, with music by Jimmie Haskell (title tune song by Jerry Wallace) and cinematography by Harold Stine.

Andrews is Johnny Reno, a tough no nonsense U.S. Marshal who after arresting suspected Indian killer Joe Conners (Drake), takes him to the jail in Stone Junction in Kansas. But once there Johnny finds a hostile and corrupt town that want Conners lynched before trial. Why? Does this town have a secret? Is Conners really as innocent as he proclaims? Reno must stand alone against the town to find the truth.

Safe Western film making 101, Johnny Reno has just enough about it to keep it from stinker status. There's a fine cast involved, but they are either winding down their long careers or merely going through the motions. The direction is standard fare, with the action sequences constructed only adequately, and the musical score is at times more befitting a comedy serial episode.

Yet the premise, as simple as it is, plays out well for dramatic purpose. Reno is a two fisted hard bastard type of guy, and it's fun to watch him tackle the whole of Stone Junction, including, naturally, affairs of the heart by way of Russell's Nona Williams. The narrative has some observations on corruption, racism and vigilantism that are to be applauded, while the Techniscope photography around Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park is most easy on the eye.

It is what it is, a Western in the late 60s trying to keep with the formula traditions of the "B" grade Oaters from the previous decade. It succeeds on that front for sure, where even though it has plenty of faults, it's a decent enough time waster for fans of the stars or those who like the said undemanding Westerns of the 50s. 6/10

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