Reno Divorce Movies

ANight Life in Reno Reno divorce provided the storyline and-or setting for many a Hollywood movie. When the script called for a wife or husband to declare to their spouse, “I’m going to Reno!” it meant one thing – a Reno “quickie” divorce.

Hollywood movies, particularly those made during Hollywood’s Pre-Code Era (1929-1934), often portrayed getting a divorce as glamorous, lighthearted or fun. For example, consider this line spoken by Alice Brady to Edward Everett Horton in the 1934 film, The Gay Divorcee:

“Oh, we’ll have a wonderful divorce!”

The following list of Reno divorce movies is based mostly on my personal viewing plus research on imdb.com and were produced from 1910 to 1961. Sadly, today many of these films are not available for viewing either on videotape or DVD. However, the movies I have had the pleasure to view are in boldface and coded with asterisks as to how I viewed them:

*      Oldies.com
**    Netflix
***  Turner Classic Movies

If you have a Reno divorce movie to add to this list, please send it to me in the comment box. -Sandra McGee

 

SILENTS (1910 – 1928)

A Message from Reno (1917 silent)

A Reno Divorce (1927 silent)

A Reno Romance (1910 silent))

All Aboard for Reno (1911 silent)

Half Way to Reno (1913 silent)

Lightnin’ (1925 silent)

On the Road to Reno (1915 silent)

On to Reno (1928 silent)

One on Reno (1911 silent)

Ready for Reno (1915 silent)

Reconciled in Reno (1912 silent)

Reno (1923 silent)

Reno or Bust (1924 silent)

Reno: All Change! (1919 silent)

The Divorce Cure (1912 silent)

To Reno and Back (1913 silent)

 

1929 – 1961

Affair in Reno (1957)

Born to Kill (1947) *** Location shooting on Virginia Street, Reno

Charlie Chan in Reno (1939) * & ** This film was re-released in 2007 in a 4-DVD box set, Charlie Chan Volume 4, by Twentieth Century Fox, the studio that produced all the Chan movies. Special features that accompany Charlie Chan in Reno include: Welcome To Reno: America’s Divorce Resort and Reno Memories, both available for viewing on this blog. (See Categories: Videos about the Reno Divorce Era).

Crashing Reno (1931)

Girl Crazy (1934) *

Lightnin’ (1930) Location shooting at South Lake Tahoe, the original Tahoe Tavern in Tahoe City, and Reno.

Maisie Goes to Reno (1944) ***

Merry Wives of Reno (1934) *, *** Great opening shots of divorce seekers getting off the train in Reno; breezy divorce dialogue; lawyer signs; women talking to their attorneys; and location shots of Reno. Good line: “So this is Reno!”

Next Time I Marry (1938)

Night Life in Reno (1931) *

Peach-o-Reno (1931) *

Phffft (1954) ** Good lines: The lawyer to Nina Tracey (Judy Holliday): “Miss Tracey, m’am, As your lawyer, I ask you… wasn’t that a beautiful, beautiful divorce? A really lovely ceremony?”

Nina Tracey (Judy Holliday) to her lawyer: “You mean it’s really all over… that’s all there is to it? It was so quick… are you absolutely sure it’s legal?”

Private Detective (1939) *** Not set in Reno, but good dialogue about a Reno divorce and its potential impact on a child.

Reno (1930) A print of this film survives in the Library of Congress.

Reno (1939) *** Opening montage was shot on Virginia Street and in Reno. Good line spoken by actor Richard Dix, playing the attorney: “You know, Jessie, I’ve run across a very queer law here… Just a little while to establish a residence. Politicans cooked it up a long time ago to get the vote from the immigrant miners.”

Reno or Bust (1930)

Reno or Bust (1934)

Reno-Vated (1946)

Reunion in Reno (1951)

Rolling Down to Reno (1947)

She Asked for It (1937)

Smarty (1934) *

The Misfits (1961) **, ***

The Opposite Sex (1956) **, *** A musical re-make of the 1939 film, “The Women”.

The Road to Reno (1931)

The Road to Reno (1938)

The Women (1939) **, ***

Vacation in Reno (1946) ***

 

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