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The Road to Reno (1931)





Cast overview:
Lilyan Tashman ... Mrs. Jackie Millet
Charles 'Buddy' Rogers ... Tom Wood
Peggy Shannon ... Lee Millet
William 'Stage' Boyd ... Jerry Kenton
Irving Pichel ... Robert Millet
Wynne Gibson ... Mrs. It-Ritch
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Hoppie
Tom Douglas ... Jeff Millett
Judith Wood ... Elsie Kenton
Leni Stengel ... Mrs. Stafford Howes
Emile Chautard ... Andre


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Reno! The city of mixed and unmixed marriages. Where "LOVE HONOR and HEY! HEY!" is the freedom vow of the devotees of divorce. You'll see it all from the ring-side in "THE ROAD TO RENO" - a story as real as your heart, as modern as this minute! (Print Ad- Delores Star, ((Delores, Colo.)) 13 May 1932) See more »









Release Date:

26 September 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le chemin du divorce See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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1.20 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Lilyan Tashman is a habitual divorcée ...
8 August 2010 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

... in this great little drama with comic touches that has every precode element thrown into it but the kitchen sink. That's only because nobody goes near the kitchen in this film - they're either at the bar or in the boudoir. Lilyan Tashman is perfect as Jackie, the perpetually adolescent mother of two grown children - daughter Lee and son Jeff - who are in their early 20's. In spite of the fact that fourth husband Robert (Irving Prichel) is a good provider, good step-dad, and all-around good sport about Jackie's rather wild ways, Jackie is intent on divorcing him although she seems to bear the man no resentment. It just seems that her only reason is that it's time for a change, much like an impulse to buy a new hat. Both children are upset about her decision since they have great affection for Robert. However, daughter Lee has just arrived home from school and decides to accompany her mother to Reno to look after her. On the train west, Lee meets a young mining engineer, Tom(Charles Buddy Rogers), who is headed to a job interview in California. The two hit it off and a romance buds. Tom says goodbye at the stop for Reno and vows to write to Lee while she and her mother wait the necessary six weeks for the divorce. When Tom can't contact Lee he goes out to Reno to see her in person and what he finds shocks him. I'll let you watch and find out what he finds and what happens.

Like I said in the beginning, this precode has everything. Unrelated to the main characters there are shots of the Reno nightlife, a good rendition of the Reno divorce machine as it grinds out 50 plus divorces a day,one divorcée complaining about her husband refusing to pay for the correspondent, another divorcée declaring she is free, chucking her wedding ring in a stream, and immediately dragging the man she has with her into the marriage license bureau to start anew. There's also the suicide of a newly divorced woman on the stairway of an exclusive hotel with the clerk declaring how inconsiderate some people can be.

Definitely recommended for precode fans and definitely for fans of Lilyan Tashman.

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