Night Life in Reno (November 2, 1931)
Released November 2, 1931: When June catches her husband John meeting another woman for an afternoon of fun, she goes to Reno to get a divorce, and discovers that more than divorce happens in the Biggest Little City in the World.
Directed by Raymond Cannon
Written by Gloria Stiratt and Arthur Hoerl
The Actors: Virginia Valli (June Wyatt), Jameson Thomas (John Wyatt), Dorothy Christy (Gwen Maynard), Arthur Housman (Roy Carlton), Dixie Lee (Dorothy), Clarence Wilson (Adrian Garrett), Carmelita Geraghty (Rita Carlton), and Pat O'Malley (Red)
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Six Weeks in Reno
My Papa was born in 1907 and he died long before anyone knew what ‘lol’ meant, and a text message was something he wrote in cursive on a postal card before putting a 2 cent stamp on it and taking it to the post office. But he did know what ‘My Hat’ was, and as a youngster I often heard the term. You will hear it said often by the male lead in this story, and if you are young, you might puzzle at the saying. Dad would use it in a situation like this: Mom would tell dad that my big sister Carol wanted to begin shaving her legs because she was growing up and all the other girls her age were starting shave their legs. Dad would object strenuously stating something like, “My Hat Carol will shave her legs!” – meaning that no way in the world would that ever happen.
In this divorce-in-Reno adventure June and John are a well-to-do Los Angeles couple that are hosting a Bridge card party in their home. John goes outside to smoke, and is followed by one of June's friends, and when June goes outside to find him, he overhears them making plans to meet the following afternoon to have some 'afternoon delight.' June follows him in a taxi the next afternoon and catches him in her apartment with the blonde hussy. June angrily leaves, and by the time John gets home the maid informs him that June has packed her bags and left for Reno on the train.
In 1931 America, Reno, Nevada was one of the only places in the country that allowed a ‘no contest’ divorce, but to get a divorce, one needed to stay in Reno for at least six weeks so that they would be considered a citizen of Reno. June is learning to enjoy her time there, as it is a city full of people ending their marriages and looking for their next mate.
June is learning to enjoy her time there, as it is a city full of people ending their marriages and looking for their next mate. John is upset at his foolishness and the loss of the woman he really loves and so he goes to Reno in search of his wife with the intention of winning back her love and trust. . . . . But the night life in Reno provides a complicated atmosphere because everyone there seems to be full of alcohol and party fun. As they are all in the process of getting divorced from their mates, they are also happily exploring single life on the hunt for a new mate. John finally meets June, who is calling herself ‘Peggy’, and although it would be a great time for the couple to mend fences and get back together, the night-life party atmosphere will keep them apart. . . . And then the murder takes place. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Reno Nevada in 1931
Arthur Housman and Carmelita Geraghty
Arthur Housman and Dorothy Christy
Arthur Housman and Jameson Thomas
Arthur Housman and Virginia Valli
Dixie Lee and Jameson Thomas
Jameson Thomas and Clarence Wilson
Jameson Thomas and Dorothy Christy
Jameson Thomas and Pat O'Malley
Jameson Thomas, Virginia Valli and Clarence Wilson
Jameson Thomas and Virginia Valli
Virginia Valli meets Dorothy Christy