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Peach O'Reno (1931)

After a quarrell at their 25th wedding aniversery, Joe and Aggie Bruno decide to divorce each other, and both leave for Reno. So do their daughters Prudence and Pansy, but they want to get ... See full summary »

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William A. Seiter

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Tim Whelan, Ralph Spence (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bert Wheeler ... Wattles
Robert Woolsey ... Julius Swift
Dorothy Lee ... Prudence Bruno
Zelma O'Neal ... Pansy Bruno
Joseph Cawthorn ... Joe Bruno
Cora Witherspoon ... Aggie Bruno
Sam Hardy ... Judge Jackson
Mitchell Harris ... Ace Crosby
Arthur Hoyt ... Secretary
Josephine Whittell ... Mrs. Doubleday-Doubleday
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After a quarrell at their 25th wedding aniversery, Joe and Aggie Bruno decide to divorce each other, and both leave for Reno. So do their daughters Prudence and Pansy, but they want to get their parents back to gether. Joe and Aggie, accidentally, are becoming clients at the same lawfirm, Wattles and Swift, which is the biggest and most succesful in town. But being on the opposide sides in the same case is not the only problem for Wattles and Swift, the cocurring lawfirm Jackson, Jackson, Jackson and Jackson, has started a price war and one of its member has just been appointed judge, furthermore, there's Ace Crosby, whose ex-wife got her divorce with the help of Wattles and Swift, who vowed to shoot Wattles for this. Wattles disguises as widow Hanover, Joe's co-respondent. Crosby, waiting at the office-turned-casino, wins too much at the pokertable, so Wattles tries to lure him away, after he and Joe have beem seen by Aggie. Aggie, who has met Judge Jackson, who told her that she and... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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WORLD'S GREATEST CLOWNS RUNNING RIOT IN RENO! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Peach-O-Reno See more »

Filming Locations:

Reno, Nevada, USA

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Budget:

$293,000 (estimated)
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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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A mild success at the box office, RKO made a profit of $90,000 ($1.45M in 2010) on this film, according to studio records. See more »

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Wintermärchen
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Music by Alphons Czibulka
Played on the violin when Smith addresses the jury
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Busting A Marriage With Mr. Wheeler & Mr. Woolsey
17 October 2004 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A pair of shady Nevada lawyers become involved in the uproarious divorce proceedings of a strident PEACH-O-RENO.

Comics Bert Wheeler & Robert Woolsey, who starred in a string of popular comedies from 1929 to 1937, return with a funny look at the peculiar goings on--divorces & casinos--in the Nevada city of Reno. The Boys (Wheeler is the little fellow with curly hair; Woolsey is the skinny guy with cigar and glasses) toss out one wisecrack after another in this Pre-Code concoction. The film's hilarity reaches its zenith (or nadir, depending on the viewer's sensibilities) during Wheeler's extended drag sequence, which includes an uproarious dance number with Woolsey. Disguised as a very merry widow, Wheeler challenges Charles Ruggles in CHARLEY'S AUNT (1930) as the best female impersonator of the early talkies.

Young Dorothy Lee, Wheeler's very frequent cinematic love interest, is Kewpie Doll cute as always, but she's really given very little to do until quite late in the film when she perches on a grand piano for her requisite song with Bert. Getting better lines is Zelma O'Neal as Lee's blunt talking sister.

The girls' divorce-seeking parents are nicely played by Joseph Cawthorn & Cora Witherspoon. Other performances of note are given by Arthur Hoyt as the Boys' nervous Nellie secretary; Mitchell Harris as a gun-happy gambler intent on plugging Wheeler; and Sam Hardy as the conniving judge who presides over the chaotic courtroom scene which ends the film.

Movie mavens will recognize corpulent Harry Holman in an uncredited role as Witherspoon's outmaneuvered divorce lawyer.


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