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The Cowboy and the Lady (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 17 November 1938 (USA)
A lonely socialite masquerades as a maid and meets an unpretentious, plain-spoken cowboy who is unaware of her true identity.

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Cast

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Stretch
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Mary Smith
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Katie Callahan
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Sugar
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Buzz
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Elly
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Horace Smith
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Uncle Hannibal Smith
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Ma Hawkins
Walter Walker ...
Ames
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Henderson
Charles Richman ...
Dillon
Frederick Vogeding ...
Captain
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Storyline

Poor Mary Smith can't go night-clubbing or have any other fun because any hint of scandal could damage her father's political career. She decides to rebel and convinces her two maids to let her go along with them on a blind date with some rodeo performers. She tells her date, Stretch, that she's a parlor maid and that she left home because her father beat her. The two fall in love and elope. Now Mary has a double dilemma: continuing her charade with Stretch and keeping her marriage a secret from her father. Written by <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Release Date:

17 November 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El vaquero y la dama  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original writer, Leo McCarey, declined Samuel Goldwyn's offer to direct. William Wyler then began as director of the film, but walked off the set after an argument with Goldwyn about the extensive retakes Goldwyn demanded. Goldwyn suspended Wyler, who did not return as director on the film. However, he and Goldwyn eventually settled their differences, and Wyler directed Goldwyn's next film, Wuthering Heights (1939). H.C. Potter was brought in to replace Wyler, but production and script problems resulted in the film going way over schedule, and Potter had to leave before the film was finished due to his commitment to direct The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939). Editor Stuart Heisler was brought in to finish directing the film. See more »

Goofs

During the initial blind date between the girls and the rodeo cowboys, they take a walk along the beach. Upon entering the gate to the house, the sound of a ukulele being played is heard, but Buzz (the ukulele player) is holding the ukulele in one hand, not playing it. See more »

Quotes

Horace Smith: Hannibal, sometimes I think you're in your second childhood!
Uncle Hannibal Smith: Well, come on in; the water's fine!
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Home on the Range
(1904) (uncredited)
Music by Daniel E. Kelley (1904)
Lyrics by Brewster M. Higley (1873)
Sung by cowboys in the restaurant
Reprised near the end
Played also in the score
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Cleverly written and entertaining, even in a more modern context
3 May 2002 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a very cleverly written romantic comedy and it is well directed and performed. It is now very old but the ideas, language and style seem to have dated surprisingly little. The only scene that drags for a modern audience is the one in the Montana frame house. The rest is sharp and very entertaining.


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