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The Cowboy and the Lady (1938)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  17 November 1938 (USA)
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When a beautiful socialite masquerades as a maid, she becomes involved with an unpretentious, plain-spoken cowboy who's unaware of her true identity.


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Complete credited cast:
Mary Smith
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Mabel Todd ...
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Horace Smith
Uncle Hannibal Smith
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Ma Hawkins
Walter Walker ...
Charles Richman ...
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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 <>

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Release Date:

17 November 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El vaquero y la dama  »

Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Arthur Hoyt is in studio records/casting call lists as "Valet," but he did not appear in the movie. Modern sources also list Billy Wayne, Ernie Adams and Jack Baxley as Rodeo Riders, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. See more »


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 »


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A-Tisket A-Tasket
(1938) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Ella Fitzgerald and Van Alexander
Sung a cappella and danced by Harry Davenport
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Wonderful, wonderful, charming old fashioned romantic comedy
9 October 2002 | by (Bellevue, Washington) – See all my reviews

A modern fairy-tale in the tradition of Cinderella and Snow White. This movie has aged well and should be easily absorbed by today's audience. When you think of it, that is a hallmark of Gary Cooper films. He is the everyman, the themes are simple and timeless.

Cooper is in typically good form in this movie, and so is his beautiful and delightful co-star Oberon. The film is loaded with humor, romance and a touch of social commentary. A must see for fans of Cooper, Oberon, Jimmy Stewart or Frank Capra. A perfect "date" movie. One of my most favorite films. Hidden gem.

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