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Merry Wives of Reno / Smarty (Warner Archive)
Merry Wives of Reno / Smarty (Warner Archive) (1934)
Actor: Guy Kibbee, Glenda Farrell, Donald Woods, Margaret Lindsay, Hugh Herbert, Frank McHugh, Ruth Donnelly, Roscoe Ates, Hobart Cavanaugh, Louise Beavers, Joan Blondell, (more) Warren William, Edward Everett Horton, Claire Dodd, Virginia Sale, Leonard Carey
Director: Robert Florey, H. Bruce Humberstone
Genre: Comedy
Year: 1934
Studio: Warner Home Video
Length: 129 minutes
Released: September 21, 2010
Rating: NR
Format: DVD
Misc: NTSC, Full Screen, Black & White
Language: English (Original Language)
Discs in this Set:
10330Merry Wives of Reno / 10331Smarty
"Until divorce do us part." The solemn institution of marriage gets a swift kick in the pants from two frisky farces that mix sophistication with slapstick.


Merry Wives of Reno (1934, 64 min.)
In Merry Wives of Reno, New York society dames head west to shake loose spouses they think are unfaithful...with the misunderstood husbands (and a scene-stealing sheep) in hot pursuit. A galaxy of comic actors keep the slightly-naughty fun spinning along.

Smarty (1934, 65 min.)
Joan Blondell, Warren William and Edward Everett Horton change partners in Smarty, until Blondell wants hubby #1 back. But the marital trouble that began with a definitely un-PC slap across the mug ends in a slaphappy comedy of manners as domestic order is restored. In pre-Code Hollywood, breaking up was fun to do.


  • Pre-code pros and cons

    paulf | 12/10/2014
    MERRY WIVES OF RENO -- Racy pre-code farce written by Robert Lord delivers wisecracks, puns and innuendo faster than a train to Reno. Director Lucky Humberstone was no Lubitsch, but the movie makes up for in sheer audacity what it lacks in style. Second-string leads Donald Woods and Margaret Lindsay are overshadowed by a batch of treasured troupers from the Warner Bros. stock company, including Guy Kibbee, Glenda Farrell, Hugh Herbert and Frank McHugh, all having a whale of a time. This film was a sequel of sorts to the notorious "Convention City," now mysteriously lost. ***

    SMARTY -- The key to a happy marriage is slapping your spouse harder and more often, according to this blunt force boudoir comedy that gives pre-code frankness a bad name. Misogynous script's venom is diluted somewhat by Robert Florey's unfocused direction and inoffensive cast members like stereotyped flustered fuss budget Edward Everett Horton, but saucy Joan Blondell is sorely miscast as the blonde tease who's just asking for it. **

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