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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:
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Stretch
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Mary Smith
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Katie Callahan
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Sugar
Fuzzy Knight ...
Buzz
Mabel Todd ...
Elly
Henry Kolker ...
Horace Smith
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Uncle Hannibal Smith
Emma Dunn ...
Ma Hawkins
Walter Walker ...
Ames
Berton Churchill ...
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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maid | rodeo | cowboy | blind date | lady | See more »

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Release Date:

17 November 1938 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The original writer, Leo McCarey, declined Samuel Goldwyn's offer to direct. William Wyler began as director of this movie, but walked off the picture after an argument with Samuel Goldwyn about extensive retakes he wanted. Goldwyn suspended Wyler, who did not return as director. However, he and Goldwyn settled their differences, and he did direct Goldwyn's next picture, Wuthering Heights (1939). H.C. Potter was brought in to replace Wyler. 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 start The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939). Editor Stuart Heisler was brought into finish directing the picture. 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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Featured in The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender (1997) See more »

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Red River Valley
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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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