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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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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
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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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Red blood and soft lips! GARY & MERLE in an East-vs-West Love Duel! (US 1954 re-release) See more »


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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)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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

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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Soundtracks

Er-ru-ti-tu-ti
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Arthur Quenzer
Performed by Fuzzy Knight (piano and vocal)
Reprised by Knight at the ranch
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Beautiful Cinematography
13 October 2003 | by (Vancouver, Wa) – See all my reviews

I love this movie for several reasons, the plot, the acting and the beautiful cinematography. There are beach scenes and others that have a dreamlike, gauzy quality that I really love. Gary Cooper is the naive but cute cowboy and Merle as Mary the wealthy socialite who tries to hide it from him. She doesn't mean any harm, she's lonely and isolated and finds herself in an awkard situation that gets worse quickly. Don't miss Walter Brennan as his sidekick (as usual) and the other fun characters throughout this sweet and fun movie.


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