Vintage original 11 x 14 in. US lobby card from the 1920s divorce-themed silent film drama, RENO, released in 1923 by Goldwyn-Cosmopolitan Distributing Corporation and directed by Rupert Hughes.
The image depicts "Roy Tappan [Lew Cody] holds a conference of wives--past and present."as his current wife, Dora Carson Tappan (Carmel Myers) holds an umbrella. The border artwork depicts a portrait of Myers above artwork of her triumphing in her battle against a dejected Cody. It is unrestored in good- condition only.
*"Reno is a 1923 American silent melodrama film produced and distributed by Goldwyn Pictures and was written and directed by Rupert Hughes. Hughes provided his own story to the film which followed his recently rediscovered Souls for Sale. The film stars Helene Chadwick and Lew Cody. A print is preserved by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer."
*"As explained in the Nov 1923 Motion Picture Magazine, the impetus behind Reno, which was originally called Law Against Law, was the real-life profusion of divorce laws in the United States. At the time, there were forty-nine different codes (including the District of Columbia). The 24 Nov 1923 Motion Picture News noted that Goldwyn Pictures changed the title because Reno, NV, was "the big divorce colony of this country."
Helene Chadwick, who had starred in several of Rupert Hughes's previous films, was the first player to be cast, despite her ongoing conflict with Goldwyn Pictures, the 21 Jul and 28 Jul 1923 issues of Camera reported. The settlement of her lawsuit against the studio ended Chadwick's eight-month absence from the screen.
The 1 Sep 1923 Motion Picture News reported that director Rupert Hughes employed two Pullman cars and two baggage cars to transport his company by rail to Yellowstone National Park, WY, to film scenes for Law Against Law. The item mentioned that actor William Orlamond was with the cast, but he is not listed in credits. While filming at a geyser in Yellowstone, Helene Chadwick and an assistant director were scalded during an unexpected eruption, according to the Nov 1923 Picture-Play. She missed several days of shooting. During a fight scene at the geyser, actor Lew Cody suffered "a badly wrenched ankle" and injuries to his right arm, the 25 Aug 1923 Camera reported."
*(source: AFI Catalog of Feature Films)
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