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
Katie Callahan
Fuzzy Knight ...
Mabel Todd ...
Henry Kolker ...
Horace Smith
Uncle Hannibal Smith
Emma Dunn ...
Ma Hawkins
Walter Walker ...
Charles Richman ...
Frederick Vogeding ...


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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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David Niven played the role of a "British Diplomat" during filming, and Benita Hume also was "Mary Smith's Stepmother." However, both roles were eliminated before release. 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 »


Sugar: Hey, you don't suppose she married him for his money, do you?
Buzz: What money?
Sugar: Well, he got a job, ain't he?
Buzz: Yeah, I never thought of that.
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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
Variations also in the score
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One of the Best I have ever seen!
27 February 2003 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

Gary Cooper is fantastic in this movie. He is one great actor who gets you laughing on the floor! This is a really good romantic movie! It makes people believe that true romance is possible between a man and a woman, even if they are from very different backgrounds.

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