Vacation in Reno (1946)

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A hapless husband searches for buried treasure at a dude ranch; meanwhile, his wife wants a divorce and bank robbers want him dead.


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28 February 2014 | csteidler
| Silly but good-natured comedy of coincidence and misunderstanding
Jack Haley is goofy but sympathetic as a dreamer named Jack out to strike it rich. Armed with a metal detector and an old map, Jack heads to a Reno dude ranch determined to find buried treasure on his vacation.

A gang of bank robbers, a dogged deputy sheriff, and marital misunderstandings complicate his plans and it all adds up to a wild if somewhat cluttered 60 minutes.

Anne Jeffreys is fine as Jack's wife Eleanor. Early in the story, Jack and Eleanor stage a fake argument for the benefit of another bickering couple; not surprisingly, it turns into a real fight and Eleanor goes home to mother. Will they get it straightened out before the end of the picture?

Iris Adrian is funny as a young woman named Bunny who is amused to find herself mistaken for Jack's wife. The supporting cast also features energetic performances from lesser-known actors like Constance Purdy (hilarious as the stereotypical raging mother-in-law) and one Matt Willis as the deputy sheriff who won't give up.

One funny gag: Haley hangs up the phone…but the angry shouts of the mother-in-law on the other end cause the receiver to pop off the hook, bounce into a pitcher of water, and start the water boiling.

Haley, at the center of it all, is fun to watch. His mostly clueless yet very earnest character makes us smile but has us rooting for him too.

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