Peach-O-Reno (1931)

63 or 66 mins | Comedy | 25 December 1931

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HISTORY

All reviews and copyright records spell the title of this film as Peach O' Reno . The opening title card reads " Peach-0-Reno by Tim Whelan." According to a FD news item, Eddie Welch's contribution to the picture consisted of "gags and added comedy dialogue." A FD pre-production news item adds Kitty Kelly and Stanley Fields to the cast, but Fields was not in the released film and the appearance of Kelly is doubtful.
       In 1931, the city of Reno, long considered a divorce destination, became even more well known for its "quickie" divorces after the Nevada state legislature reduced the residency requirement for a divorce to only six weeks. The new requirements were in effect in Mar 1931, several months before Peach-O-Reno went into ... More Less

All reviews and copyright records spell the title of this film as Peach O' Reno . The opening title card reads " Peach-0-Reno by Tim Whelan." According to a FD news item, Eddie Welch's contribution to the picture consisted of "gags and added comedy dialogue." A FD pre-production news item adds Kitty Kelly and Stanley Fields to the cast, but Fields was not in the released film and the appearance of Kelly is doubtful.
       In 1931, the city of Reno, long considered a divorce destination, became even more well known for its "quickie" divorces after the Nevada state legislature reduced the residency requirement for a divorce to only six weeks. The new requirements were in effect in Mar 1931, several months before Peach-O-Reno went into production. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
4 Oct 31
p. 5.
Film Daily
20 Dec 31
p. 4.
Film Daily
27 Dec 31
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Nov 31
p. 3.
International Photographer
1 Dec 31
p. 31.
Motion Picture Herald
14 Nov 31
p. 42.
New York Times
24 Dec 31
p. 20.
Variety
29 Dec 31
p. 167.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
Supv
WRITERS
Adpt and dial
Adpt and dial
Adpt and dial
[Story] by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Cam op
Asst cam
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Scenery
COSTUMES
Cost
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Still photog
SOURCES
SONGS
"From Niagara Falls to Reno," words and music by Richard A. Whiting, Harry Akst and Grant Clarke.
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 December 1931
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
23 December 1931
Copyright Number:
LP2747
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Photophone System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
63 or 66
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

After her twenty-fifth wedding anniversary party ends in an ugly argument, Aggie Bruno declares that she is headed for Reno to file for divorce from her husband Joe, a Maine businessman. When she arrives in Reno, Aggie visits the law office of Wattles and Swift and is promised by Julius Swift, who specializes in representing women, an easy divorce. While Aggie arranges with Swift to be "caught" with a male co-respondent, Joe, who is also seeking a divorce, meets with Wattles and agrees to be "caught" with a female co-respondent. After Joe and Aggie leave the office, Swift is confronted by Nate Crosby, an Arizona gambler who wants to kill Wattles for having represented his wife in their divorce case. Swift covers for Wattles, but advises his colleague either to wear a bulletproof vest that night, or dress up like a woman and act as Joe's co-respondent. The duo then is visited by Joe and Aggie's daughters, Pansy and Prudence, who have driven from Maine to stop the Brunos' divorce. While Swift and Wattles are comforting the sisters, their secretary bursts in and announces that rival divorce lawyers Jackson, Jackson, Jackson and Jackson have started a price war. To compete, Swift and Wattles lower their divorce rates, but then learn that one of the Jacksons has been appointed a judge. In the evening, Swift and Wattles transform their law offices into a casino and invite their clients and co-respondents there. Wattles, dressed in a revealing dress and blonde wig, sits with Joe, while Swift dines with Aggie. After dancing with Crosby and stealing his casino chips, Wattles performs a dance number with ... +


After her twenty-fifth wedding anniversary party ends in an ugly argument, Aggie Bruno declares that she is headed for Reno to file for divorce from her husband Joe, a Maine businessman. When she arrives in Reno, Aggie visits the law office of Wattles and Swift and is promised by Julius Swift, who specializes in representing women, an easy divorce. While Aggie arranges with Swift to be "caught" with a male co-respondent, Joe, who is also seeking a divorce, meets with Wattles and agrees to be "caught" with a female co-respondent. After Joe and Aggie leave the office, Swift is confronted by Nate Crosby, an Arizona gambler who wants to kill Wattles for having represented his wife in their divorce case. Swift covers for Wattles, but advises his colleague either to wear a bulletproof vest that night, or dress up like a woman and act as Joe's co-respondent. The duo then is visited by Joe and Aggie's daughters, Pansy and Prudence, who have driven from Maine to stop the Brunos' divorce. While Swift and Wattles are comforting the sisters, their secretary bursts in and announces that rival divorce lawyers Jackson, Jackson, Jackson and Jackson have started a price war. To compete, Swift and Wattles lower their divorce rates, but then learn that one of the Jacksons has been appointed a judge. In the evening, Swift and Wattles transform their law offices into a casino and invite their clients and co-respondents there. Wattles, dressed in a revealing dress and blonde wig, sits with Joe, while Swift dines with Aggie. After dancing with Crosby and stealing his casino chips, Wattles performs a dance number with Swift. He then flirts with both Crosby and Joe, who has been spotted by Aggie, who is now dining with Judge Jackson. When Wattle's wig catches on fire, however, his disguise is exposed, and he is pursued by Crosby. In spite of Crosby's determined shooting, Wattles, who has put on his bulletproof vest, survives his foe's murder attempts. Although fired by Aggie, Swift romances the outspoken Pansy, while Wattles and Prudence sing and dance together. At the trial, which is broadcast over the radio, Aggie and Joe state their grievances to Judge Jackson. When Swift asks Aggie to remember her honeymoon, however, she breaks down and embraces an equally unhappy Joe. Their job completed, Swift proposes to Pansy and Wattles proposes to Prudence. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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