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A story of love, humor and drama against the background of America's "Biggest Little City." An (interrupted) indiscretion by John Wyatt with a floozy prompts his wife, June, to make a trip ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Jameson Thomas ...
John Wyatt
Dorothy Christy ...
Gwen Maynard
Arthur Housman ...
Roy Carlton
Dixie Lee ...
Dorothy Pierce
Clarence Wilson ...
Adrian Garrett
Rita Carlton
Pat O'Malley ...
District Attorney


A story of love, humor and drama against the background of America's "Biggest Little City." An (interrupted) indiscretion by John Wyatt with a floozy prompts his wife, June, to make a trip to Reno, Nevada in order to get a quickie six-week-waiting-period divorce. John, penitent over his past actions (since he got caught), follows his wife to Reno and manages a reconciliation after a murder gives him a chance to prove his true devotion. Written by Les Adams <>

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Crime | Drama | Romance





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2 November 1931 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone)

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1.20 : 1
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Final film of Virginia Valli. See more »


Roy Carlton: I almost forgot. We have to get a couple of nifties.
John Wyatt: Fifties?
Roy Carlton: No, no, no. Nifties. Sweet Mamas.
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Boozing, smoking,affairs, gambling, divorce, murder & more.
5 September 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For an early talkie this movie is actually pretty good. The story is told quickly, the movie only bogs in a few places, but it's entertaining and great to see the details of the clothing, cars and norms of the times. The basic storyline is that a husband picks up a hussy at a party, the wife catches them (almost) in the act, and she goes off to Reno to get a divorce (only a 6 week wait in Nevada). Evidently Reno in 1931 was frequented only by sleazy lawyers, heavy drinking, smoking, gambling and sexing people living it up while they waited for their 6 weeks to roll by. I liked the movie, especially since it gets straight to the point on a few of the subplots, instead of drawing them out like many other films do. This is now a public domain movie, and is available for free download from several sites on the internet. I downloaded a 3 gig Mpeg and the quality of the images were excellent, the sound could use some work, but as with many of these pre-Dolby films, nobody is going to go to the expense and trouble of cleaning up the soundtrack for free. On a scale of 1 to 10, judged against all movies, I'd give it a 6. Judged against other movies of it's era, I'd give it an 8.

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