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A Lady Takes a Chance (1943)

Passed  -  Comedy | Romance | Western  -  19 August 1943 (USA)
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A city girl on a bus tour of the West encounters a handsome rodeo cowboy who helps her forget her simpy city suitors.

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Charles Winninger ...
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Mary Field ...
Don Costello ...
Drunk
John Philliber ...
Storekeeper
Grady Sutton ...
Malcolm Scott
Jean Stevens ...
'Jitterbug' (as Peggy Carroll)
Grant Withers ...
Bob Hastings
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Gregg Stone
Ariel Heath ...
Flossie
Sugar Geise ...
Linda Belle
Joan Blair ...
Lilly
Tom Fadden ...
Mullen
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A New York bank clerk,Mollie Truesdale (Jean Arthur), in the late 1930s, finds that her cherished dream of making a 17-day all-expenses-paid bus trip to the Pacific Coast and back, isn't all she thought it would be...until she reaches Oregon and a bucking broncho tosses a rodeo performer on top of her and knocks her flat. Duke Hudkins (John Wayne), by way of apology, shows her the sights of Fairfield, Oregon, and she misses her bus, quarrels with the bewildered Duke, hitchhikes across a lot of desert...and a romance is born. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A ROUGH RIDIN' RODEO RIDER who takes the prize on and off the field! (1954 reissue poster) See more »


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Waco: Love is the best thing there is, I guess, but you're barking up the wrong cowboy.
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25 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If it was only for the celebrated bar room brawl sequence in this delightful picture and nothing else it would still be remembered as one of the great comedies of the 1940s. But, of course, there's much more.

Produced by star Jean Arthur, whose performance in it is nothing short of excellent, A LADY TAKES A CHANCE is a real pip of a movie. The writing is first rate and the direction by that old master, William A Seiter (who goes back to the silent days) couldn't be better. The supporting players are all from the top drawer, too. Really, this is perhaps one of those rare, near-perfect films where everything works.

Seiter's jokes are mostly visual here, as in the aforementioned brawl scene, which in this writer's view is about the funniest one ever put on film, but also in many other moments. He was an extremely witty man and his flair for screen comedy can be well-observed here.

John Wayne is great as the somewhat dense but lovable lout who is "tamed" by the spunky Miss Arthur. He here displays a knack for comedy which, when under careful direction, could really shine.

I could go on and on but just sit down and watch it. Get yourself a big bowl of popcorn or some other favorite snack and enjoy this one with everybody in the family. You're in for a treat.


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