Then ... Helen returns to her rented room at a Reno boarding house on a well-to-do street lined with mature trees and lets her landlady know she will be returning to San Francisco the next morning.
... and Now, CitySleuth is still searching for this location and would be delighted if in the meantime a reader might recognize where it is and let him know.
Then ... But first, one last fling, at the Northern Club casino where we get a glimpse of its glitzy neon awning and marquee.
... from 1940 ... Reader Sandra McGee informed CitySleuth that Reno's Northern Club was at 207 N. Center Street next to the Golden Hotel near 2nd (map). It opened in 1931 but was sold in December 1940 and reopened as The Barn, subsequently becoming the Bonanza Club. So, the Northern Club wasn't there when this movie was filmed and neither did it have such an elaborate marquee (see below at far left), leading CitySleuth to conclude that the movie club was a studio creation. (Image: University Archives, University of Nevada-Reno).
and Now, Reno's attempt to keep up with Las Vegas has transformed this part of town. Both sides of this block have been gobbled up by Harrah's casino, seen here from the same north-facing vantage point.
The images below show the evolution of the Northern as it became first The Barn (left) then The Bonanza (right). It went on to become Harrah's Bingo Club.
Helen is drawn to a lively craps table and joins in, betting against the shooter, Sam Wild (Lawrence Tierney). An animal attraction is immediately apparent, a fateful meeting destined to doom them both.