Charlie Chan in Reno

Synopsis: Mary Whitman has gone to Reno to obtain a divorce. While there she is arrested on suspicion of murdering a fellow guest at her hotel (which specializes in divorcers). There are many others at the hotel who wanted the victim out of the way. Charlie comes from his home in Honolulu to solve the murder.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Norman Foster
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
71 min

Yes, sir. It's the biggest little

city in the world.

And by gosh, it's the liveliest.

I guess these divorces figure that

as long as they're changin' partners...

they just might as well dance.

- This your first trip here?

- Yes.

I thought you were strange.

Some of them come back so often,

I was thinkin'of printin'up commuter's tickets.

Oh, well.

I guess divorce ain't much more

than a matter of traveling.

You check out of the state of matrimony

and land in the state of Nevada.

I ain't got no complaints though.

Owe my livin' to divorces,

same as most of the people in this town.

And, by gosh, it's the one business

that even the depression don't hit.

- Now, you take me for instance-

- How much farther to the hotel?

Oh, you in a hurry, are you?

Don't matter how soon I get you there,

lady, it still takes six weeks.

- Good evening.

- Good evening. I'm Mrs. Curtis Whitman.

- I have reservations.

- Oh, yes, Mrs. Whitman. We have your room ready.

I'll notify our social directress

that you're here.

Is that necessary?

I'm rather tired.

Not necessary, but we try to make each guest

feel that he or she is more than a guest.

Especially during these trying days.

If you'll just register, please.

Miss Wells' office.

- Try the bar.

- Try the doc's office, I'd say.

Ring Dr. Ainsley.

Dr. Ainsley, this is the front desk.

Does Miss Wells happen to be there?

Certainly. It's for you.

Hello? All right, I'll be right out.

Another lost soul here for the cure.

- Shall I give her the bright approach or the sympathetic?

- I prefer the bright.

So I've noticed lately.

I'll leave the sympathy for you.

You do it so well.

106. You'll find there's never a dull moment

at the Hotel Sierra, Mrs. Whitman.

We have sunrise trips

to points of interest...

alimony breakfasts,

bridge luncheons or-

Oh, here's Miss Wells.

Mrs. Whitman.

How do you do? You've had a long trip,

haven't you? Let's have a drink.

Thank you, but I don't think I care for one.

L- It's rather late.

Oh, come on. You don't want to spend

your first evening in that room alone.

- You're right. I don't.

- Fine.

It's this way.

I'll show you your room later.

Seventeen and the black.

Well, that washes me up.

- Oh, it's you.

- Oh, hello, Ainsley.

You're a doctor. Save my life

and let me have a hundred, will you?

Sorry. My office hours are from 2:00 to 4:00.

But I'll buy you a drink.

That's awfully generous of you.

Here. Cash these for me.

Maybe that'll help your credit.

- Meet you at the bar.

- Place your bets.

- The same, Mrs. Bentley?

- Yes.

- Where's your shadow?

- Shadow?

The official greeter.

Greeting a decidedly attractive new arrival.

I wouldn't mind having her job myself.

What's the matter?

- I'm amused.

- That must be obvious to everyone in the place.

- Do you know her?

- Know her? I'm going to marry her husband.

Want to meet her?

Come on.

Number 25 and the red.

Well, well!

Greetings, salutations,

and my heartfelt thanks.

Curt wrote me he'd finally

talked you into a divorce...

but I didn't expect you so soon.

Dr. Ainsley finds you so attractive,

he asked for an introduction.

Since you're doing so much for me,

why shouldn't I do something for you?

The doctor's a bachelor. You'll find him

most amusing while you're here.

I know I have.

- Mrs. Whitman, Dr. Ainsley.

- How do you do?

I'm sorry, Mrs. Whitman...

but this seems to be one of those situations

that we try to avoid here.

Why, going to marry her husband.

So what?

This is 1939. We're modern.

Let's talk things over.

Besides, there's lots of things

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Frances Hyland

Frances Hyland (April 25, 1927 – July 11, 2004) was a Canadian stage, film and television actress. Hyland studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, making her professional debut in London as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, opposite John Gielgud. In 1954, she returned to Canada, becoming a regular at the Stratford Festival in Ontario. Her roles there included Isabella (in Measure for Measure), Portia (in The Merchant of Venice), Olivia (in Twelfth Night), Perdita (in The Winter's Tale), Desdemona (in Othello) and Ophelia in (in Hamlet). She appeared in movies such as The Changeling (1980), The Hounds of Notre Dame (1980), Happy Birthday to Me (1981), The Lotus Eaters (1993) and Never Talk to Strangers (1995), and on television, including a role on Road to Avonlea. more…

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