Reno (1923)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |  
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Written and directed by Rupert Hughes to take a jab at the inconsistent divorce laws (back in the days when marriages were thought to be sacred), this satire ends on a surprisingly melodramatic note. Roy Tappan (Lew Cody) gets a quickie Reno divorce, which becomes final only hours before he weds his new sweetheart, Dora (Carmel Myers) -- who has also just gotten a divorce. Tappan's ex-wife Emily (Helene Chadwick) weds a former boyfriend, Walter Heath (George Walsh), only to discover that her new marriage isn't legal in the state where she's living. Meanwhile, Tappan and Dora discover they are broke -- both assumed the other was wealthy -- so he wires his aunt (Dale Fuller) for money. She replies that she will send him the funds if he gives her his two children from Emily. Desperate for money, Tappan kidnaps the kids (Robert de Gilbill and Virginia Loomis) and takes them to his aunt. After a frantic search, Emily finally finds her children and takes them, and Heath, to Yellowstone Park, where the couple is considered legally married. Tappan goes after them and the two men battle it out. After being thrown into the churning pool of a geyser, Tappan's body is shot into the air, and he is crushed to death on the rocks.

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parent, abandonment, child, divorce, fortune-hunter, kidnapping