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Some favourite lines from the film:
John Agar (to Jane Russell): "He used to be one of the top gunfighters". Russell: "He used to be a lot of things!".
Dana Andrews (to Lyle Bettger): "I'm particular who I drink with".
Tom Drake (to Andrews): "You can't fight a whole town single handed Reno".
A.C. Lyles produced many second feature Westerns at Paramount during the 1960's and "Johnny Reno" was just one of them. However, they were all worth seeing mainly due to the fine actors that A.C. always used in his films (even in the smallest roles). Take a look at the credits for "Johnny Reno" for example:- Dana Andrews, Jane Russell, Lon Chaney Jr, Tom Drake, Lyle Bettger, John Agar, Richard Arlen, Robert Lowery, and (in an uncredited role) De Forrest Kelley. Quite an impressive cast for a second feature Western I would say. Apart from producing the film A.C. also had a hand in the story. Now in his 80's, A.C. Lyles still has an office on the Paramount lot which he visits most days. A.C. can often be seen on TV currently being interviewed for the excellent "Biography" series with his recollections of the "Golden Years of Hollywood" and the stars he knew personally from that era.Read more ›
Bettger was far better knows as a blond, blue-eyed villain given to exuding pathological hated... His good looks worked for him in every determined effort, even as a menacing villain with a snickering charm...
Dana Andrews plays Marshal Johnny Reno, who used to be one of the top gunfighters... He just arrived with a prisoner called Joe Conners (Tom Drake) considered by the citizens of Stone Junction as a little Indian-killer...
Of course the Mayor of the town Jess Yates (Buttger) assures the marshal that Conners will be given a fair trial and asked him to get out of the town fast...
In spite of hearing that the lynch mob will be out there and one way or another they'll get Conners, the tough marshal tells everybody that his prisoner is in his protective custody and anybody who wants to get to him is going to have to step over his dead body...
That day, the way it happened--before the Connors mess--Reno was riding to see somebody he once knew, Nona Williams (Jane Russell). He knew the woman years before when he was the righteous lawman in the town where she lived... He has been wearing a badge ever since... Nona made a mistake and he couldn't forgive her...
Lon Chaney Jr shows up as a sheriff who forgets that his job is law and order...
Filmed in Technicolor and Panavision, "Johnny Reno" remains a tedious little Western worth a matinée...
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Johnny Reno was released in 1966 and starred Dana Andrews. Jane Russell gives good support. The plot involves a sheriff trying to protect an accused killer. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Paramount Pictures presents "JOHNNY RENO" (1948) (83 min/Color) -- Starring Dana Andrews, Jane Russell, Lon Chaney Jr,, John Agar, Lyle Bettger, Tom Drake, Richard Arlen & Robert... Read morePublished on July 12, 2011 by J. Lovins
I bought "Johnny Reno" because I like westerns and the cast had impressive credentials. Little did I suspect that this was almost certainly the one picture the whole cast yearned... Read morePublished on April 8, 2010 by Wiser Now
The only reason to check this out is to see Jane Russell's buxom body and cute face and here the title song sung by Jerry Wallace.
Every else stinks. Read more
Here's proof that some die-hard fans will watch (and rate highly) anything Western. I can't be sure of course, but I think I would've walked out on this one 50 years ago, half-way... Read morePublished on November 1, 2008 by JohnG
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