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    Metal detecting in a film - "Vacation in Reno" from 1946

    This little film was shown on the TCM (Turner Classics Movie) cable channel on May 9, 2020.

    It shows the use of a military mine detector as a metal detector to locate precious metals.

    This 60 minute comedy film was produced by the RKO Studios and released on December 10, 1946.

    Jack Haley plays Jack Carroll who visits a war surplus store and buys an unusual vehicle and an electronic device to detect land mines (underground explosive devices).

    Later, he heads to Reno with a treasure map to use the mine detector to locate the buried treasure.

    All sorts of things happen in the film, including a bank robbery, a suspicious wife, a second wife, pies being thrown, etc, followed by a happy ending.

    1. War Surplus Store

    2. Jack drives his purchase
    The vehicle is a Ford GPA "Seep", a military amphibious version of the Jeep

    3. Jack testing the mine detector
    Jack tells a friend that if the detector can locate mines it can find gold and silver.

    4. Closeup of mine detector

    5. Jack hunting the treasure

    6. Jack finds a suitcase

    7. The real goods
    The money is not the treasure he was looking for but was loot from a recent bank robbery.

    8. Happy ending
    Jack and his wife catch the crooks and the bank gives them a reward.

    For those with the right internet connections, the film is available for viewing on the TCM website.

    Last edited by WilliamBoyd; May 11, 2020 at 10:06 AM.
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